HIVK03003U Cph., Information and Cultural Studies’ Theories and Traditions
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 theory, language, knowledge, communication, information, interpretation, culture, design, and human information interaction. 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 contextualize research in information and culture in the broader scholarly traditions and practice.
The objective of the module is to 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.
- Defining and describing selected concepts, traditions or theories within information and cultural studies.
- Assessing selected concepts, traditions or theories and their mutual relations.
- 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.
The examinee is able to:
- Argue comprehensively and critically for positions whithin Theories and Traditions in Information and Cultural Studies.
- Assess and independently analyse the concepts, traditions and theories of information and cultural studies
- Generate ideas in the interplay between concepts, theories and traditions within information and cultural studies.
Examples of literature that will be used in the course:
- Bates, M. J. (2005). An introduction to metatheories, theories, and models. In: Fisher, K. E., Erdelez, S. & McKechnie, L. (eds.). Theories of information behavior. Medford, NJ: Information Today, pp. 1-24.
- Gregor, S. (2006). The nature of theory in information systems. MIS Quarterly, 30(3), 611-642.
- Hjørland, B. (2015). Theoretical developments in information science: A historical outline. Unpublished.
- Sundin, O. & Johannisson, J. (2005). Pragmatism, neo-pragmatism and sociocultural theory: communicative participation as a perspective in LIS. Journal of Documentation, 61, 23-43.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentExamination form: Written paper with subject chosen by the student
Examination language(s): English / Danish
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
Same as the ordinary eksamen, February 2016
- Class Instruction
- Exam Preparation