World, national and local events of the past two decades have triggered the most extreme and traumatic transformation of information technology and communication since Johann Gutenberg successfully linked moveable type with early-automated press technology.

The viral spread of digitized information demands education and awareness to enable you to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information. How We Know What We Know is a course that merges the skills of global information literacy with the critical perspective required to ascertain and measure the authenticity and credibility of what you consume in your academic and casual research and writing.

The course will provide you an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of information, bringing order to and maximizing the value of the information glut and chaos, while limiting its potential harm.


The course is designed for students in all disciplines to experience the effects of information on their lives and the local, national and global communities. It explains how information gets made and why it gets made the way it does.

Course content will cast events against the backdrop of social and cultural scenarios and examine how written, spoken and other expressive forms of information influence history and humankind.

Further, the course will provide tools to translate, negotiate, and understand these various texts so students obtain the ability to assess the need for information, the skills to access and critically evaluate information, and the knowledge to integrate that information in personal, professional, and scholarly activities. The course will examine the ethical, socio-economic, and legal implications of the use and misuse of information in the digital age.