Graduate Courses

INFO 558: Social Justice in Information Services

This course considers the ethical issues that arise in serving diverse user groups and their members, including but not limited to, children, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, the poor, ethnic groups, and Indigenous peoples. Differing information needs and ways of knowing are considered. The role of library and information professionals in promoting and supporting the rights of such groups to access and control information is emphasized.

INFO 501: Designing an Installation

This course is a hands-on, project-based approach to understanding and designing art installations. Enrollees will learn principles, tools, and techniques of rapid prototyping and installation design, and will collaborate to design and implement a large-scale installation by the end of the semester. The course lectures will also provide an overview of the history, theory, and aesthetics of installation art.

INFO 499: Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

The number of units this course satisfies is 1-4 units.

INFO 493: Internship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment. Such work must be approved and supervised by a School of Information faculty member.

The number of units this course satisfies is 1-6 units.

INFO 492: Directed Research

Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

The number of units this course satisfies is 1-6 units.

LIS 520: Ethical Issues in Information

This course presents an overview and understanding of the intractable and pressing ethical issues as well as their related policies in the information fields. Emerging technological developments in relation to public interests and individual well-being are highlighted throughout the course. Special emphasis is placed on case studies and outcomes as well as frameworks for ethical decision-making.

INFO 539: Statistical Natural Language Processing (Cross-listed LING 539)

This course introduces the key concepts underlying statistical natural language processing. Students will learn a variety of techniques for the computational modeling of natural language, including: n-gram models, smoothing, Hidden Markov models, Bayesian Inference, Expectation Maximization, Viterbi, Inside-Outside Algorithm for Probabilistic Context-Free Grammars, and higher-order language models.  Graduate-level requirements include assignments of greater scope than undergraduate assignments.

LIS 546: History of Books after Gutenberg

This course surveys the history of books and publishing from the eve of Gutenberg's invention to cyberspace. We will watch as the book printing and publishing industry interacts with major movements in society and trace the development of what we know as publishing today. The later part of the course will consider the effect of digital technologies on the book, as well as the challenges that self-publishing brings to the publishing industry.  Graduate-level requirements include participation in online discussion and a more robust research paper

LIS 586: Learning Design for Librarians and Other Information Professionals (3 credits)

This course will introduce the concept of learning design, engaging students in examining models, principles, and practice for library instruction. The context of instructional design models and how they fit in with the larger pedagogy of information literacy and library instruction will be a central topic of this course.

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