Summer 2023 - CMNS 453 OL01

Issues in the Information Society (4)

Mobile Information Society

Class Number: 1706

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2023
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    75 units, including CMNS 253W, 353 or 354, with a minimum grade of C-. CMNS 362 is recommended.



Advanced seminar to discuss issues in the interplay between contemporary society and new computer/communication technologies, at the level of comprehensive theories of society, on one hand, and major public policy, on the other. This course can be repeated once for credit if second topic is different (up to a maximum of two times).


CMNS 453 (Issues in the Information Society) is designed to help you understand the technical and social implications of the mobile information society. The course is an introduction to ideas, concepts, and developments associated with the significant, rapidly occurring changes experienced in mobile societies around the world. It highlights important historical events and the stakeholders who seek to exercise their influence over the development of new technologies and services.


Upon the completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to: 

  • Understand technological infrastructures of the mobile revolution, including radio spectrum, and its governance
  • Analyze the technical and economic implications of spectrum auctions
  • Apply a critical framework to the social and cultural elements of the mobile society and its impact on the mobile revolution
  • Evaluate the implications of mobile issues (ubiquitous computing, mobile panics, mobile cultures, applications, etc.)
Understand mobile issues around networking, surveillance, and mobile activism.


  • Proposal 10%
  • Video Presentation 10%
  • Research and Reflection Paper 30%
  • Five reading responses 50%



Readings are available as PDFs or links in the Files section and/or in the syllabus.


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