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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF303

Subject Relationships

INF303 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


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.


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.