HIVK03003U Cph., Information and Cultural Studies’ Theories and Traditions

Volume 2015/2016

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.

Learning Outcome

Competence objectives

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.


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.


Academic objectives

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 Unpublished.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.
Large group and small group discussions, student presentations, student posters, student essays, lectures, case studies, and group work.
Are there candidates for 2 teams will teaching on one team be in Danish. All lectures will be held in English
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 120
  • Exam Preparation
  • 245,8
  • Total
  • 410,8
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Examination 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

Winterexam 2015


Same as the ordinary eksamen, February 2016