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Sociological Aspects of Informatization

Code – 230100   Information and computer science; section: Software of computer equipment and automation systems

Qualification (degree) – Master

Description of course modules (sections, subjects):

  1. Establishment and development of the social information system in Russia.
  2. Cognitive sociology.
  3. Internet: social aspects of global communication.
  4. Social prerequisites, problems and consequences of setting up a unified information and telecommunications system in Russia.
  5. Information comfort of a personality: a problem of sociological measurement.
  6. Social problems of development of the Russian information market.
  7. Social and cultural development in times of informatization.

Syllabus of the course:

Objective of the course: sociological analysis of key areas of introduction on information science in public and social areas, influence of information science on social phenomena in society, influence of social environment on solving tasks of information science, introduction of decision support systems, systems of society’s information security using methods of information science in sociology.

Tasks of the course

The course is aimed at:

  • social and social/information processes in terms of informatization (globalization of social processes and their relations with a particular lifeworld of a personality,
  • information production; information fashion, information consumption,
  • information influence, including zombieing; atomization of society, information competition, information wars,
  • social impact and significant changes in society as a result of informatization,
  • social conditions and background of informatization,
  • focus of informatization on society and its humanistic orientation,
  • phenomena and relations between society and information science.

As a result of studying the course a student should:

  • know basic concepts, basic provisions of key sociological concepts, characteristics and trends in evolution of information society,
  • be able to apply in practice sociological knowledge to analyze social reality, adopt management decisions,
  • have skills of empiric research in information technologies,
  • show background and profession-oriented competences acquired as a result of study of the course in its practical professional activity.

The course in included in a profession-oriented part of a general scientific cycle of courses attributed to the master’s degree educational standard.

Teaching methods:

  • lectures,
  • laboratory work,
  • classroom practical work directed by a professor,
  • students’ independent work performed according to the teacher’s task in classrooms and on an extracurricular basis, including use of technical training aids (compulsory),
  • tutorials.

Total hours – 108.

Total credits – 3.

Laboratory work – 0.5/18.

Form of interim assessment – pass/fail exam.

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