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Ricardo J Gomez
IMT 550
Seattle Campus

Policy, Law, and Ethics in Information Management

Select concepts, processes, and issues related to the organizational contexts within which information professionals practice. Topics include information as public/private good, intellectual property, privacy, confidentiality, information liability, and information policy. Focus on contemporary issues affecting the role of the information manager.

Class description

This course examines policy and ethical issues affecting information use, with an emphasis on the social and cultural aspects. We will discuss policy issues including copyright and intellectual property, ethical issues including freedom of expression and social justice, and explore ways in which they are relevant to information management professionals.

Student learning goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand and articulate: • policy and legal implications of information use • philosophical, social and cultural dimensions of ethical choices, including social justice • legal and practical implications of information policy and regulation, including intellectual property and privacy.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ricardo J Gomez
Date: 11/17/2011