Digital divides and information professionals: developing a critical practice


Who benefits from the policy problem known as the “digital divide” and who decides? This course explores all aspects of the digital divide as policy trope from its origins in the discourses of the “universal service” debate through its varied and often competing representations in the discourses of the state, industry, labour, and the full range of public interest groups. Within this context, the student’s knowledge of the theories, methods and practices associated with critical policy studies are developed. Particular attention is paid to the constitutive role of policy discourse in setting the public policy agenda of what merits our attention what does not. Finally, through the use of institution-specific case studies, students are given the opportunity to experiment with alternative definitions (frames) for the problem and develop appropriate policy programs for its amelioration.


Pre-requisite:  INF1001H