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 information, culture, language, and data, and through present-day examples of using the concepts. The theories and concepts are examined by analysis, discussion, and current use in selected contexts.  The course provides students with an understanding of the breadth and plurality of information and cultural studies research and equips the students with skills to discuss this research in the context of scholarly traditions and practice.

Learning outcome

Academic aims

At the exam, the student can demonstrate

Knowledge and understanding of

  • Information and cultural studies as current humanities research fields,
  • Key concepts and theories in information and cultural studies.


Skills to

  • Define and describe selected concepts, traditions or theories within information and cultural studies
  • Evaluate selected concepts, traditions or theories and their mutual relationships


Competencies to

  • Discuss and analyse concepts, traditions and theories in the context of scientific history and theory
  • Analyse and reflect on the importance and influence of concepts, traditions and theories within information and cultural studies.

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, B. (2018). Library and information science (LIS). Encyclopedia of Knowledge Organization, sp. 67. Available online at:
  • Blok, A. & Jensen, T.E. (2011). Bruno Latour: Hybrid thoughts in a hybrid world. NY: Routledge.
  • Robson, A & Robinson, L (2013). Building on models of information behaviour: linking information seeking and communication Journal of Documentation, Vol 69(2):pp. 169-193
  • Webster, F. (2014). Theories of the information society, Fourth edition, NY: Routledge.

All lectures will be held in English

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30
Examination language: English
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
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 346,8
  • Exam
  • 8
  • English
  • 410,8