| ARM: Archives & Records Management | C&T: Culture & Technology | CIPS: Critical Information Policy Studies | HCDS: Human Centered Data Science | ISD: Information Systems & Design | KMIM: Knowledge Management & Information Management | LIS: Library & Information Science | UXD: User Experience Design |
C&T Concentration liaison: Prof. Claire Battershill (Winter + Fall 2021)
New technologies continue to influence areas such as genetically modified crops, in-vitro fertilization, cyborg implants and genetic adjustments to the human body. At the same time, major societal forces are playing a profound role in affecting how science and technology develop.
C&T is designed to allow you to examine how society, culture, and understanding of the human condition influence, and are influenced by, technological development. It will provide you with the resources needed to understand, integrate, assess, and deploy multi-methodological arguments, in order to develop powerful, balanced, and integrated positions.
Become a specialist who can identify, interpret, explain and shape the socio-cultural impact of technologies at the micro and macro levels. C&T professionals observe, discover, define, analyze, and assess issues created from the interplay between culture and technology.
Affiliated with the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (a program of the The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology), the concentration is part of the centre’s role as a space where searching minds and intense visionaries can be enlisted. It’s a place for focussing on socio-technical issues related to computing, information systems and services, media, and the Internet, in order to (re)think the digitally-mediated world.
- Develop technical, philosophical, and critical skills for the examination of the reciprocal influences of culture and technology.
- Gain an understanding of the multiple ways in which technologies reflect, influence, encourage, support, and enforce social, political, cultural, and economic forces and values.
- Develop critical skills in the design, use, assessment, and evaluation of complex information systems.
- Develop the requisite conceptual, critical, and philosophical skills necessary to take a leading role in guiding social and cultural discussions of the radical and transformative possibilities that are, and increasingly will be, afforded by technological intervention in the physical bases of human life.
- Be exposed to, and trained in, intensive processes of cross-disciplinary peer review
Year 1 required courses:
- INF1005H — Information Workshop I (0.25 CR)
- INF1006H — Information Workshops II (0.25 CR)
- INF1501H — Culture & Technology I (0.5 CR)
- INF2241H — Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing (0.5 CR)
- INF2331H — The Future of the Book (0.5 CR)
- INF2243H — Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies (0.5 CR)
Year 2 required courses:
- Complete remaining credit requirements by taking a combination of the following:
Students are required to complete a total of 8.0 credits for their MI degree.
Students are able to take their Year 1 required courses in Year 2 as long as it is not a pre-requisite to a Year 2 required course. It is, however, recommended that you complete your Year 1 required courses in Year 1 as they provide foundational knowledge. For students thinking about Co-op, you should complete all Year 1 required courses in Year 1.
Students interested in the cross section of information and museum studies may wish to apply for the Combined Degree Program (CDP) to explore areas such as museum informatics, digital cultural heritage, cultural information policy, the intersection of cultural memory institutions (libraries, archives and museums), and digital curation, among other interests. The CDP allows students to complete both MI + MMSt degrees in three years.
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Careers in Culture & Technology
Students looking to engage in hands-on experience, widen their professional network and engage in professional development should connect with our Careers Services. The Faculty of Information offers a variety of work-integrated learning opportunities such as: MI Co-op option, practicum, Toronto Academic Libraries Internship Program (TALint), job shadowing, and ask-an-alum.
We encourage our students to engage widely in various professional circles and broaden your horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries. Our students, alumni and faculty are members of many professional associations. Our strong ties, built over many years, with these institutions keep us all abreast of the latest trends in the industries. Throughout the year, you may find representatives and members of these associations taking active roles in assisting our students by providing relevant industry insights and networking opportunities. Please visit our Student Experience & Life page on student councils, clubs and associations that our students engage and participate actively in.
With the rapid proliferation of technology and its pervasiveness into everyday lives, a profound examination of the influence of technology on our socio-economic behaviour is increasingly needed now and in the future. From cultural institutions to media, technology firms, government, and other types of organizations, these professionals are paving the way for new careers options.
Who Hires C&T Graduates?
Our alumni work in a wide range of organizations and industries, including: financial services, technology, health care, law, government, marketing and communications, non-profit and more.
Sample employers include: City of Toronto, CreativeWorks Marketing, MacLaren McCann, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Public Service, Rogers Communications, SiteScout, among others.
Sample roles include:
Culture & Media Specialist
Digital Media Coordinator
Interactive Content Manager
Research & Communications Coordinator
Social Media Strategist
Suggested Elective Courses
- INF1001H — Knowledge and Information in Society
- INF1003H — Information Systems, Services, and Design
- INF2122H — Digital Preservation and Curation
- INF2124H — Surveillance and Identity
- INF2125H — Information and Culture in a Global Context
- INF2126H — Public Library Services to Culturally Diverse Communities
- INF2146H — Trusting Records
- INF2159H — Analytical and Historical Bibliography
- INF2162H — Rare Books and Manuscripts
- INF2181H — Information Policy, Regulation, and Law
- INF2190H — Data Analytics
- INF2191H — Interface Design
- INF2225H — Digital Discourse
- INF2240H — Political Economy and Cultural Studies of Information
- INF2242H — Studying Information and Knowledge Practices
- INF2243H — Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies
- INF2300H — Special Topics: Biodesign, Emerging Technologies, and Social Impact
- INF2301H — Special Topics: Digital Subcultures
- INF2303H — Special Topics: Culture, Technology, and Foucault
- INF2311H — Managing Audiovisual Material
- INF2332H — Information Behaviour
- KMD2004H — Social Issues in Information and Communications Technologies
- MSL1350H — Museums and Their Publics
- MSL2325H — Museums and New Media Practice
- MSL2330H — Interpretation and Meaning-Making in Cultural Institutions
- MSL2331H — Exhibitions, Interpretation, Communication
- MSL2340H — Issues in Cultural Policy and Contemporary Culture
- MSL2370H — Museums and Cultural Heritage
- MSL2500H — Constructing and Curating Digital Heritage
For MI students that may be interested in picking electives from outside their degree program (i.e. non-INF courses): Please review the external course guide for details on how to do so.
Concentration Requirements Prior to Fall 2016
Students who enrolled in the C&T concentration prior to 2016 have the option of completing under the old set of required courses, as follows (not available to students enrolled in 2016 and after; all students must follow one set of requirements or the other, and cannot mix and match):
- INF1501H — Culture & Technology I
- INF1502H — Culture & Technology II
- INF1240H — Research Methods
- INF2010H — Reading Course (This is a student initiated course that does not appear on the timetables. See Reading Courses for more details.)
- INF2241H — Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing
- Electives or a second concentration