HIVK03381U  Knowledge Culture and Critique, Constituent elective B2

Volume 2017/2018

A changing media environment and a revolutionized access to information are putting the status of knowledge and knowledge authorities under pressure. Just now, phrases as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ are signs of a changing conception of knowledge and information. Political observers and debaters worry about a knowledge culture that is characterized as ‘post-factual’ or as ‘post-truth’. In this course, we take some steps back in order to question different concepts of knowledge and information. We investigate the concept of critique from a historical perspective and question its role and discuss how we in contemporary society are able to use critique as an agent of change. 

Learning Outcome

Competency objectives for the module

The module provides students with:

Knowledge and understanding of

  • Social and cultural relations in different knowledge cultures,
  • Forms of authority, critique and knowledge,
  • Digitisation of the use and communication of knowledge.


Skills to

  • Analyse forms of knowledge and critique within different knowledge cul-tures,
  • Analyse knowledge cultures and their consumption and communication of knowledge.

Competencies to

  • Carry out a knowledge critique of the production, communication and ac-quisition practice of a knowledge culture,
  • Plan and execute studies of the interaction between communication, acqui-sition and consumption of different forms of knowledge in different knowledge cultures.


Academic objectives

Students are able to

  • Adequately and critically account for types of authority and critique in dif-ferent knowledge cultures,
  • Reflect critically on knowledge cultures, their knowledge production, con-sumption, and communication.


  • Webster, F. (2014). Theories of the Information Society. 4th edition. Routledge
  • Knorr Cetina (2007). Culture in global knowledge societies: knowledge cultures and epistemic cultures. Interdisciplinary Science reviews, 32 (4), p. 361-375
  • Foucault, M. (2007). What is Critique? Sylvére Lotringer (ed.). The Politics of Truth. Semiotext(e)
  • Pasquale, F. (2015). Black Box Society: the secret algorithms that control money and information. Harvard university pressEksempler på litteratur som tænkes anvendt i undervisningen:
Lectures, student presentations, case-studies, discussions in class.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30
Exam language: Danish or English
Exam form: Set oral examination
24 hours prior to the examination, the student will be given one or more questions.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

Summer exam 2018


Same as ordinary, August 2018

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