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SOC 208: Sex & Gender in a Global World

A research guide for students studying SOC 208: a course examining the social construction of sex, gender, and sexuality across cultures, throughout time, and in contemporary American society

An Information Literacy Intensive Course

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Information literacy is a set of skills & dispositions regarding where how to find information, how

to evaluate information for relevance, quality, & bias, & how to use information legally & ethically.

 

Information Literacy: Students will learn to identify their information needs, then locate, evaluate, and appropriately integrate information to accomplish a specific purpose. Students will demonstrate the ability to use current technology as well as other research resources to successfully find, and then effectively communicate the information.

This course will fulfill your requirement to take a course that is information literacy intensive. That means that in this course you will demonstrate that you have the above skills and that you can use information ethically, citing your sources and avoiding plagiarism.

Information Literacy in the Digital Age

Information literacy is an evolving discipline predicated by the sea change in the information landscape brought about by the internet and the digital economy, and has become a critical skill in every field.

In fact, information literacy has been identified as a Top 5 skill among employers in all fields (Head, 2012), who express frustration with the inability of new college hires to “think beyond Google.” In the modern digital landscape, it is also an essential lifelong skill, as our graduates navigate information in their personal lives regarding health, legal issues, community and politics, privacy, and a polarized and customized ubiquitous media environment.

“Digital natives” are uniquely and perhaps counterintuitively underprepared for the current complex information environment. A higher comfort level with technology is often conflated with being “information savvy,” (Vaidhyanathan, 2008) when in reality today’s students demonstrate a lack of understanding of even fundamental information concepts (for instance, how a search engine ranks results, or how results are tailored to them based on their previous online activity – the “filter bubble”).


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