Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Information and Society
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 14 Hours. 14 x 1 hour lectrures
Seminars / Tutorials 6 seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay of 3500 words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe the implications of the expanding 'rnformation society?

* Demonstrate an awareness of international factors affecting information services

* Distinguish between the related issues of intellectual freedom and freedom of information

* Discuss ethical, legal and social factors affecting the flow of information

* Identify the nature of information flow between a government and its citizens

* Define areas of 'rnformation deprivation? in contemporary society

Brief description

We are constantly being told that ours is an Information Age and that we are living in an Information Society. But what exactly do these terms mean and how society at local, national and international level changed as a result of the advent of computers and the impact of Information and Communications technology (ICT)? The module will discuss these issues and many others; issues which are relevant to us all not just as members or prospective members or the information profession but also as private citizens.


The basic aim of this module is to revise and upgrade an existing 10-credit module (Information and Society) into a 20-credit module thus allowing students more time to investigate a subject that is constantly expanding and changing. With the advent of ICT and digitization a number of exciting and challenging initiatives are affecting the way information is being viewed by society in general and the information profession in particular.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Information Technology All course work will be required in word-processed format and students will be expected to have considerable IT skills in preparing for seminars. One of the required assignments (report) will assess each student?s ability to evaluate web-based resources.
Personal Development and Career planning For students intending to enter the information profession this will be a relevant module.
Subject Specific Skills * Independent project work: required for seminars and the report * Writing in an academic context: assignments presented according to accepted citation standards * Oral discussion and presentation: seminar participation and presentation * Self-management: time management for seminar and assignments
Team work Some of the seminar exercises will involve group activity.


This module is at CQFW Level 6