SI 507 - Information Policy Analysis and Design
School of Information, University of Michigan
Fall 2013 Instructor: Victor Rosenberg
victorr@umich.edu
Office Hours: Monday 10:30 to 11:30

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces students to the conceptual, institutional, and practical foundations of information policy analysis and design. The course explores the regulatory histories, paradigms, processes, and actors shaping the ongoing development of the information field. Course topics provide a comprehensive grounding in telecommunications policy; competition and antitrust; concentration, diversity and expression; intellectual property; standards and innovation; peer production and user innovation; information privacy; digital governance; and transnational information policy. The course also emphasizes the development of core information policy skills, introducing students to relevant analytic contributions from the fields of economics, communication, law, and public policy.

The course is geared to the interests of three primary groups: students pursuing information policy careers in the public, private, or non-profit sectors; current and future information professionals seeking to understand the broader policy forces and principles governing work in the information field; and students pursuing (or intending to pursue) advanced research or further professional training in information policy-relevant domains.

COURSE LEVEL: MASTERS

REQUIRED TEXTS:

RECOMMENDED TEXTS:

The following books are recommended for purchase, and are available at a reasonable price and via fast delivery from most major online booksellers:

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of SI 507, all students are expected to be able to:

These learning objectives will be met through a combination of readings, lectures, discussion, and individual and small group assignments, as described below.

REQUIREMENTS (SI 507):

POLICY ANALYSIS PAPER:

Each student will be required to propose an information policy topic of their choice and prepare a paper of approximately ten pages discussing the policy issue:

COUNTRY BRIEFING PAPER:


WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Week 1 (Sept. 3) - INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW; DISCUSSION OF TOPICS
Week 2 (Sept. 10) - NATIONAL INFORMATION POLICIES (Selected countries); INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION POLICY: GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT:
Week 3 (Sept. 17) - US NATIONAL INFORMATIONAL POLICIES
Week 4 (Sept. 24) - SCIENCE POLICY AND GUEST LECTURE ON FOIA

Reading: "The Decline Effect" article

Week 5 (Oct. 1) - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY; COPYRIGHT:
Week 6 (Oct. 8) - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:
Week 7 (Oct. 15) - FALL BREAK
Week 8 (Oct. 22) - INFRASTRUCTURE; INNOVATION AND TECH TRANSFER:
Week 9 (Oct. 29) - INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION POLICIES
Week 10 (Nov. 5) - TELECOMMUNICATION POLICY: GUEST LECTURER Christian Sanvig
Week 11 (Nov. 12) - PRIVACY AND SECURITY: GUEST LECTURER: Don Blumenthal
Weeks 12 - 16 - STUDENT PRESENTATIONS