HIVK03001U Cph: Theories and Traditions in Information and Cultural Studies, Constituent

Volume 2014/2015
Master's Degree Programme in Information Science and Cultural Communication, Copenhagen

Introduction, exploration, and examination of the theoretical traditions that constitute the foundation of information studies and cultural communication. This foundation is explored and examined through concepts such as language, knowledge, communication, information, interpretation, culture, learning, media, and modernity with an eye to the philosophical traditions and research practices the concepts are part of. The traditions and concepts are further examined with examples from information and cultural studies. The course provides students with an understanding of the breadth and plurality of information and cultural studies and analytical skills to contextualize research in information and culture in the broader scholarly traditions.

Learning Outcome

Competence objective for the module
The module will provide the student with:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Information and cultural studies as a crossdisciplinary research field.
  • Central concept and theory formation within information and cultural studies.


Skills in:

  • Defining and describing selected concepts, traditions or theories within information and cultural studies.
  • Assessing selected concepts, traditions or theories and their mutual relations.


Competences in:

  • Discussing and analysing concepts, traditions and theories in terms of the history and theory of science
  • Analysing and reflecting on the significance and influence of concepts, traditions and theories within information and cultural studies.

 Sample literature:

  • Bazerman, C. (2012). The orders of documents, the orders of activity, and the orders of information. Archival Science, 12(4), 377-‐388
  • Fiske, John. 2011. Introduction to Communication Studies, 3rd ed. New York, NY: Routledge. (Udvalgte kapitler)
  • Hjørland, Birger (2013). Information science and its core concepts: Levels of disagreement. In lbekwe-SanJuan, F., & Dousa, T. (ed.), Fundamental notions of information communication and knowledge (pp. 205-235). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
  • Kjørup, Søren. 2006. Another Way of Knowing: Baumgarten, Aesthetics, and the Concept of Sensuous Cognition. Bergen: KHIB.
Lectures, seminars and classes. The course evolves around ative participation and discussions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 120
  • Preparation
  • 245,8
  • Total
  • 410,8
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Exam language: Danish or English.
Extent: 20 standard pages. Extent for group exams: See the following.
Group exam: The exam can be taken individually or as a group with individual assessment. For two students the assignment must be up to 30 standard pages, for three up to 40 standard pages, for four up to 50 standard pages and for five up to 60 standard pages. Each individual’s contribution must constitute a rounded unit that it is possible to identify individually and assess. The joint element must not exceed 50% of the total extent of the assignment.
The student's ability to spell and express himself/herself is included in the overall assessment with a weighting of 10 %.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period
May / June 2015
Re-examination form is the same as for the ordinary examination i August 2015