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IST 560/INF724

Information and Public Policy

Spring 2015—Husted 204—Mondays

560Spring2015Syllabus.doc



Deborah Lines Andersen

Draper 140C; (O) 442-5122 (H) 439-6153

E-mail: dla@albany.edu

Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 to 3:30 (if no faculty meeting); Wednesdays 1 to 3; by appointment, telephone or email

Class Hours: Mondays 4:15 to 7:05 in Husted 204

Syllabus: on Blackboard and IST website

Blackboard password is your UA password

Course TA: Grading will be done by Andersen; no course TA


Course Catalog Text: This course is designed to provide an overview of important topics in the area of information policy. During the last two decades, the growing importance of information as a societal, management and economic tool has strained our previous laws and regulations governing the proper use and role of information in national and international society. During the semester, we will study some key information policies at the state, national and international level, in order to better understand their rationale, effectiveness, and appropriateness with regard to their intended role in society. This understanding will help us, as professionals, to anticipate and reflect on changes information policies can be expected to undergo in the future.
Class Meetings: The course will meet 14 times. Check the class calendar for meeting dates. In the event of inclement weather, check 442-SNOW or the university website (landing page, right-hand side) for an announcement on university closings. If class is cancelled we will use the class listserv and ERes to keep up with weekly topics.
Class Attendance: Attendance will be taken each week. This is a discussion class. Students need to attend to get full benefits. In the unavoidable event of an absence, students should make arrangements with other students to pick up class notes and assignments. The instructor will allow time the first meeting of class to find study partners. Students who miss more than two classes will have their final grade dropped by 3 points per additional absence. Please email the instructor if you are going to miss class.
Prerequisites: None.
Readings: There is one required text available either paperback or ebook:

Sandra Braman. 2009. Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Readings in the attached calendaraccording to code from the readings sectionshould be read for the



date listed.
Bookstores: I contacted everyone the second week in January about the book. I did not order Braman from bookstores since you could purchase paperback or an ebook.
Mailboxes: Students will have their graded papers returned in class. There is a file cabinet in the Draper student lounge that contains mail folders for each student in IS. Andersens mailbox is in Draper 116.

Student Performance Evaluation: Students are evaluated based upon the following percent weightings: Students in INF724 (two credit class)

Stakeholder Analysis FERPA

5

Decision Memo—The Interview

15

Policy White Paper #1

20

Policy White Paper #2

20

Group Overview Briefing on Information Policy Topic

10

Comps-Style Final Information Policy Paper

25

Participation in Class

5


Students in IST560 (three credit class) if PhD student

Stakeholder Analysis FERPA

5

Decision Memo—The Interview

5

Policy White Paper #1

10

Policy White Paper #2

15

Policy White Paper #3

15

Group Overview Briefing on Information Policy Topic

10

Workgroup Briefing Document during BLOCK 3

10

Comps-Style Final Information Policy Paper (#4)

25

Participation in Class

5


Students in IST560 (three credit class) if master’s, CAS, or nondegree student

Stakeholder Analysis FERPA

5

Decision Memo—The Interview

15

Policy White Paper #1

15

Policy White Paper #2

15

Policy White Paper #3

15

Workgroup Briefing Document during BLOCK 3

10

Policy White Paper #4 (or Comps-Style if desired)

20

Participation in Class

5


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