INF429 The Information Society (8)


This subject examines current issues related to information flow and knowledge creation, including the social impacts of technology and the developing knowledge economy. Social, cultural, legal and ethical aspects of relevant issues are identified and their impact on information work is examined.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF429
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF303
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
INF303 INF303 Double coded subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to discuss issues relating to the information society and knowledge economy;
- be able to describe the role of the information professional within this context;
- demonstrate an awareness of the social, legal, cultural and ethical issues relating to information flow;
- be able to evaluate the implications of social, cultural, legal and ethical issues for the information professional.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to information society issues - Role of knowledge in society - Information literacy within the knowledge society - The digital divide - Information professionals and information ethics


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.