dear gordana,

maybe the following is of interest to the topic. first, the description of the 
module i am responsible of in the curriculum of master students of technical 
informatics and media informatics from this year on (see below). and second, a 
link to download a background information from my website referring the field 
i'm teaching in (and taught in salzburg) including a description of my courses 
that i had called years ago foundations of information science 

Designing Technosocial Systems
Regelarbeitsaufwand: 6Ects
Fachliche und methodische Kenntnisse: Students acquire, for tayloring their 
methodolo- gies of designing socially embedded systems, theoretical knowledge 
in the fields of
• Information Ethics • Information concepts • Philosophy of Science • 
Science–Technology–Society with special focus on ICTs
Kognitive und praktische Fertigkeiten: Students develop skills • to reflect 
different perspectives of computer science • to get aware of impacts of 
technology design on society • to understand multi-, inter- and 
transdisciplinary needs • to discriminate between mathematical, empirical and 
engineering approaches • to choose and tailor the appropriate methodology
• to better master complexity
Soziale Kompetenzen, Innovationskompetenz und Kreativität: Students are 
capacitated • to feel comfortable with teams going beyond disciplines • to 
respond to the requirement to take social responsibility • to balance formal 
and informal requirements
Inhalt: Theoretical foundations: Philosophy of Information (Computing and 
Philosophy) and Science-Technology–Society with special focus on ICTs 
(Information and Society):
Computing and Philosophy issues: Location of informatics in the classification 
of disci- plines; ways of thinking (reduction, projection, dichotomisation, 
integration); transdisci- plinarity in science and engineering; information 
processing and information generation; system theoretical concepts; computers 
and information ethics. Information and Society issues: Information society 
theory and empirical studies; global challenges; technological systems as 
social systems; the quest for automation and impacts on society (desaster 
analysis); design requirements for socially embedded systems; law aspects: 
liabilities, certification.
20Erwartete Vorkenntisse:
Fachliche und methodische Kenntnisse: Bachelor-level knowledge of computer 
systems and information processing in cyber-physical systems.
Kognitive und praktische Fertigkeiten: Bachelor-level Reading and writing 
Soziale Kompetenzen, Innovationskompetenz und Kreativität: Interest in inter- 
and transdisciplinary issues in information sciences and technology.
Diese Voraussetzungen werden in folgenden Modulen vermittelt:
Verpflichtende Voraussetzungen: Keine.
Angewandte Lehr- und Lernformen und geeignete Leistungsbeurteilung: Lectures 
with accompanying practicals in which the students make use of the new 
knowledge when applying the different skills and capabilities they have been 
trained in on the Bachelor- level. Working in groups is permitted. The students 
give presentations of the results, author written reports and perform tests.
Lehrveranstaltungen des Moduls: The course on Computing and Philosophy is 
obligatory. Of the other two, one has to be selected.
3.0/2.5 VU Computing and Philosophy 3.0/2.5 VU Information and Society 3.0/2.0 
SE Neue Technologien und sozialer Wandel



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Am 06.12.2011 um 16:01 schrieb Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic:

> Hi All,
> One way of looking at the question of curriculum would be from the point of 
> view of what already exists
> of education in the Foundations of Information.
> Are there any courses which might be a part of such a curriculum?
> To start with I can tell about the course I have, which does not cover much 
> of Science of information, but there are several connections.
> As I work at the computer science department, my perspective is computational.
> For me computing is information processing and information is that which is 
> processed, and that which is a result of processing.
> Processing may be done by a machine or by an organism or anything else – the 
> whole of nature computes (processes information) in different ways.
> As info-computationalist, I believe that information is unthinkable without 
> computation.
> So the course is on Computing and Philosophy but addresses Philosophy of 
> Information and Science of Information as well and topics on evolution of 
> life, intelligence (natural and artificial), consciousness, etc.  
> I believe it would be good to have a course on the foundations of information 
> science for people in the computing.
> Information and computation are completely entangled! And this gives also an 
> opportunity to introduce other fields into computing, to contribute to 
> building bridges and 
> facilitating inter-disciplinary/ cross-disciplinary/ trans-disciplinary  
> learning.
> This is not as ambitious as the original question, but can help understanding 
> where we are now and where we want to be.
> Best wishes,
> Gordana
> From: [] On 
> Behalf Of Stanley N Salthe
> Sent: den 5 december 2011 20:53
> To: fis
> Subject: Re: [Fis] Discussion of Information Science Education
> And it could feature in 'Science for Non-Majors' courses as well.
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM, Guy A Hoelzer <> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I agree with those who are suggesting that Information Science makes sense
> as a widely useful way to think about different scientific disciplines
> even if we don't have a strong consensus on how to define 'information'.
> I think there is enough coherence among views of 'information' to underpin
> the unity and universality of the approach.  Perhaps Information Science
> is less a discipline of its own and more of a common approach to
> understanding that can be applied across disciplines.  While I can imagine
> good courses focusing on Information Science, it might be most productive
> to include a common framework for information-based models/viewpoints
> across the curriculum.
> Guy Hoelzer
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