INF303 The Information Society (8)

This subject introduces key concepts related to the information society and knowledge economy and examines current trends and issues in the area of information flow and knowledge creation. The subject includes discussion of social, cultural, legal and ethical aspects of relevant issues and their impact on information work. Moreover, the subject explicates various roles of information professionals in the information society. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF303. 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 subject INF429.

Subject Relationships

INF429 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand issues and concepts relating to the information society and knowledge economy;
  • be able to explain the role of the information professional in the information society and knowledge economy; and
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the social, legal, cultural and ethical issues relating to information in society.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Key concepts in the information society
  • Information flow and knowledge creation
  • Role of knowledge in the society
  • Information access issues including digital divide and digital inclusion
  • E-government, e-services and e-commerce
  • Media and information policy
  • Information ethics and freedom of information
  • Intellectual property and open access
  • Cultural, legal and ethical aspects of relevant issues
  • Various roles of information professionals in the information society


Current Students

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

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.