Design, Technology, and Society Program Area

Students in the Design, Technology, and Society Area investigate the interrelationship between information technology and social, political, and cultural processes and values. This includes both the analysis of the larger consequences of informatics systems and the criticism, design, and re-design of systems to address public needs and problems. Research may involve design processes, human communication and interaction, the larger contexts of these systems (such as the legal, economic, cultural, educational, or other contexts) and the repercussions of any of these topics. This program area will support students interested in pursuing informatics research from the intellectual traditions and methods of either the social sciences or the humanities, as well as the domains of community informatics and social informatics.


Design, Technology, and Society faculty

Area Lead: Karrie Karahalios Faculty: If you would like to affiliate with I3 and appear on this list, please contact Karin Readel.

School of Architecture
Architecture Thérèse Tierney
College of Applied Health Sciences
Kinesiology & Community Health Wendy Rogers, Citlali Lopez-Ortiz
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction Robb Lindgren, Mark Dressman, Emma Mercier
Educational Psychology Dan Morrow
Special Education Maya Israel
College of Engineering
Computer Science Karrie Karahalios, Tao Xie, Alex Kirlik
Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Zahra Mohaghegh
College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA)
Art & Design Kevin HamiltonRyan Griffis, Ben Grosser, Stan Ruecker
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences   (LAS)
Communication M. Scott Poole, Sally Jackson
English Spencer Schaffner
Geography and Geographic Information Science Mei-Po Kwan
Political Science Scott Althaus
Slavic Languages and Literatures Judith Pintar
College of Media
Advertising Patrick Vargas
Media and Cinema Studies Anita Chan
College of Law
Law Jay Kesan, Arden Rowell
School of Information Sciences
Library & Information Science Catherine BlakeNicole CookeJana DiesnerLes GasserChristine JenkinsLori KendallEmily KnoxKathryn La BarreBonnie MakJerome McDonough, Kate McDowellLinda SmithCarol TilleyMichael TwidaleTerry WeechKate Williams

Recommended Design, Technology, and Society courses

Design, Technology, and Society Applications Courses

CMN 529 SP Theory and Research on Collaboration Technologies
CMN 529 CS Communication Technologies
MDIA 590 New Media Theory
IS 549 The Economics of Information
IS 590 SD Digital Social Sciences
IS 590 DH Digital Humanities
IS 590 C1/C2 Community Informatics Research and Theory
IS 590 CMC Computer Mediated Communication
IS 590 CWC Computer Supported Cooperative Work
IS 590 DK Distributed Knowledge
IS 590 EL E-Learning: Social and Technical Issues in E-learning

Design, Technology, and Society Foundations Courses

CMN 529 MS Social Network Analysis
CMN 529 CS Unorthodox Research Methods
LIS 542 Data, Stat and Info
CS 598 KGK Social Computing
IS 590 MD Metadata in Theory and Practice
IS 590 IML Information Modeling
IS 590 DEL Design of Digitally Mediated Information Services
IS 590 IN Information Networks
IS 590 IS Information in Society
IS 590 OI Organizations, Information & Technology
IS 590 SN Social Networks and Information
PS 519 SA Content Analysis