INF303 The Information Society (8)

This subject introduces key concepts related to the information society and knowledge economy and explores current trends and issues in this area. This includes discussion of social, cultural, legal and ethical aspects of relevant issues and their impact on information practice. There is a particular emphasis on a number of fundamental topics including misinformation, disinformation, digital divide, digital inclusion, freedom of information, intellectual property, information privacy, information ethics, information policy and the importance of diversity in the information society. The subject also explicates various roles of information professionals in the information society.


Session 2 (60)
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

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject INF429.

Subject Relationships

INF429 This subject shares similar content

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;
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the social, legal, cultural and ethical issues relating to information in society; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of diversity in order to work effectively and respectfully 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 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF303 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Digital inclusion in information society
Sustainability in information agencies

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.