INF429 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. This includes topics such as the role of knowledge in the society, information access challenges, e-government, media and information policy, intellectual property, disinformation and misinformation, digital divide and digital inclusion, digital heritage, information ethics and freedom of information. The subject also discusses 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.


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.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and synthesise issues and concepts relating to the information society and knowledge economy;
  • be able to critically apply their understanding of the social, legal, cultural and ethical issues relating to information in society; and
  • be able to evaluate the role of the information professional in the information 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


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