Information and Cultural Studies’ Theories and Traditions

Course content

Introduction, exploration, and examination of theoretical traditions and theories that constitute the foundations and progress in information and cultural studies research and practice.  These are explored and examined through concepts such as knowledge, culture, information, data, genre, sign, tradition, user, theory, and context. The traditions and concepts are further examined with examples from information and cultural studies research.  The course provides students with an understanding of the breadth and plurality of information and cultural studies research and skills to discuss this research in the context of scholarly traditions and practice.

Learning outcome

Competence objectives

The module provide the student with

Knowledge and understanding of

  • Information- and cultural studies as an interdisciplinary field of re-search,
  • Key concepts and theories within information- and cultural studies.

 

Skills to

 

  • Define and describe specific concepts, traditions or theories within the interdisciplinary research field of information- and cultural studies,
  • Assess specific concepts, traditions or theories and their relationships to each other.

 

Competencies to

  • Discuss and analyse concepts, traditions and theories in relations to history and theory of science,
  • Analyse and reflect on the impact and influence of concepts, traditions and theories within information- and cultural studies.

 

Academic objectives

Students are able to

  • Assess and independently analyse concepts, traditions and theories of information and cultural studies as an interdisciplinary field of re-search,
  • Generate ideas for the interaction between concepts, theories and traditions within information- and cultural studies as an interdiscipli-nary field of research.

Large group and small group discussions, student presentations, student essays, lectures, case studies, and group work.

Examples of literature that will be used in the course:

  • Hjørland, Birger (2015). The Phrase “Information Storage and Retrieval” (IS&R): An Historical Note. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(6):1299–1302
  • Sundin, O. (2011). Janitors of knowledge: Constructing knowledge in everyday life of Wikipedia editors. Journal of Documentation, 67(5):840-862.
  • Tredinnick, L. (2006). Digital information contexts: Theoretical approaches to understanding digital information. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.
  • Tredinnick, L. (2009). Complexity theory and the web. Journal of Documentation, 65(5):797 - 816.

All lectures will be held in English

Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30
Examination language: English or Danish
The students get 24 hours before the exam handed out one or more questions , which students must prepare to answer in the form of an oral presentation
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 36,5
  • Preparation
  • 329,3
  • English
  • 410,8