Programs by Campus


Social Informatics


Specific Course Requirements

Students seeking a Ph.D. minor in Social Informatics must com­plete four graduate level courses (12 hours) that have been se­lected from the courses listed on the RKCSI Courses at Indiana page; this list includes courses that have been specifically iden­tified as approved for the Ph.D. minor. One of the four courses for the SI minor must be taken in the School of Journalism, the Department of Telecommunications, the School of Informat­ics and Computing, or the School of Library and Information Science and this course, which will serve as a foundation course for the minor, must be approved by the committee. This course should be taken first and may not be in the student’s home school or department. Other courses in these schools and de­partments may be taken as electives. Possibilities include:

School of Journalism
J530 Issues in New Communication Technologies
J614 Communication and National Development

School of Library and Information Science
S514 Computerization in Society
S518 Communication in Electronic Environments

Telecommunications Department
T551 Communication, Technology, and Society    
T601 Origins of the Information Age

School of Informatics and Computing
I503 Social Impact of Information Technologies

In addition, students can propose, in consultation with their ad­visors, that their minor include other SI courses that are not on this list or that are on the list, but have not yet been formally approved for the SI minor. Such proposals should include syllabi and other detailed information about the course. The proposal should make a convincing case that the course is aligned with one or more main SI themes, such as the complex relationships among technology, people, their work and/or play, and the contexts within which people interact with technology.


Students seeking the Ph.D. minor in social informatics must complete an additional three courses (9 credit hours). These additional courses must be selected from the list above or the following list. The elective courses should be taken from at least two departments or schools other than the student’s home academic unit. The Social Informatics Program is devel­oping rapidly at IU, and we expect that additional doctoral-level courses will be offered each year. Students can propose that their minors include other social informatics courses that are not included on this list. Such proposals should include syllabi and other detailed information about the course.

School of Library and Information Science
S513 Organizational Informatics
S541 Information Policy
S542 International Information Issues
S544 Gender and Computerization
S643 The Information Industry
S652 Digital Libraries
S661 Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Human-Computer Interaction

Kelley School of Business
S600 Foundations in Information Systems Research
S602 Information Systems Technology Research
S606 IS Strategy and Management Research
S607 Collaborative Technologies Research
S796 Special Topics

Cognitive Science Program
Q540 Philosophical Foundations of the Cognitive and Informa­tion Sciences

Department of Communication and Culture
CMCL 620: Media, Politics, and Power: Ethnographic Approach­es to New Media: Configuring the Object of Analysis in New Media Research

School of Education
P550 Cognition and Semiotics

School of Informatics and Computing
I605 Social Foundations of Informatics
I690 Seminar in Social Informatics II: Political and Economic Issues

Department of Political Science
Y665 Public Law and Policy

Department of Telecommunications
T602 Interactivity and New Media
T610 The Networked Society


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