Course Description

FIMS 9855 (Winter 2019)   Social Contexts of Health Information: A Critical Review of Theory and Research

Instructor: J. Burkell

Course Description
In this course we will address the social or ‘relational’ side of information behaviour. Following a brief review of the paradigms that informed early information seeking and retrieval research, we will take a critical look at some new approaches to the study of information behaviour and associated theories, including science and technology studies, social network analysis, psycho-cognitive approaches, social capital theory, and Foucauldian analysis. We will explore the implications of these perspectives for the study of contemporary social issues, particularly those related to health information.

0.5 course