National CAE Designated Institution
  • Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

This course examines selected fundamental policy questions regarding information and communications, with special attention to intricate policy issues such as information ownership rights, privacy rights, and public access to information. The course will examine such issues by focusing on the underlying constitutional principles, laws and regulations, statutes, and government policies that impact such issues.

Specific attention will be given to federal policies within the United States but state and local policies will be examined as needed. Specific course topics will include universal service, information equity, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, e-government, and information management. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand policy issues such as access rights, proprietary rights, consumer rights and privacy rights in the information policy arenas.
  2. Distinguish between constitutional provisions, statutes, laws, regulations and federal policies relating to selected information policy issues.
  3. Research information-related topics within the policy arena.
  4. Understand policy issues that are of interest to information professionals.
  5. Analyze and describe information policy issues.
  6. Demonstrate a broad understanding of major domestic information and telecommunications policy issues.
  7. Express familiarity with significant literature, constitutional provisions, statutes, domestic laws, regulations and government policies relating to information policy issues.
  8. Analyze and describe information policy issues.
  9. Illustrate an understanding of key information and telecommunications policy issues such as information access rights, universal service, and privacy.
  10. Operate effectively within a group context to develop a research proposal on an important policy issue.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Legal Advice and Advocacy
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning and Policy