Instructor: William Aspray

Course Meeting Times

Tu: 9:00 – 11:45 AM
Classroom: UTA 1.212 (1616 Guadalupe)

Course Description

This course will examine information-seeking behavior in everyday American life. Although we will examine a variety of theories from information studies and the social sciences, this course is taught under a history course number and our work will be centered around an historical approach that the instructor will teach to the class.  The approach will be applied to eight everyday tasks that are common to most American families: finding food, clothing, and shelter; obtaining an education and a job; locating health information; finding a mate; and keeping in touch with family and friends.

Either individually or in small groups, according to each student’s preference, students will work on high-quality research papers associated with one of these eight everyday tasks.  This requirement will involve researching, presenting drafts, critiquing one another’s papers, and rewriting. There may also be other occasional in-class, short presentations assigned. Most of the class will be conducted in a discussion format, and active participation in the class discussion is expected.

Professor: William Aspray

Phone: (512) 471-3877
Office:UTA 5.432
Office Hours:M, Tu 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Teaching Assistant: George Royer

Phone: (256) 508-3209
Office Hours:by appointment