HIVK03133U Cph., Digital information and textuality, Elective

Volume 2015/2016

Information Science and Cultural Communication


The aim of the course is to provide the students with an overall understanding of textually mediated information as well as its academic and social implications. We will discuss the shift from print to digital culture on the basis of different textual conceptualizations and the implications for how to understand textual media at large. The course will use text as the conceptual basis for touching upon some general debates within information studies, such as the relations between analogue ›‹ digital systems, technology ›‹ culture, data ›‹ information›‹ knowledge as well as addressing which impact a digital remediations of books and articles has for the humanities. Digital ways of addressing, analyzing and working with text will also be introduced and discussed in relation to content and context sensitivity. This addition will have the aim, both to highlight the digital impact on present textual practices and methodologies as well as to provide the students with some hands on experience on working with digital textual information.  

Learning Outcome

Competence objectives for the module

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • A specific subject within library and information science.
  • Relevant theories and methods related to the module's theme.


Skills in:

  • Identifying and outlining academic issues within library and information science and make these the object of independent analysis.
  • Reflecting critically on theoretical and methodological choices ind relation to an academic issue.
  • Expanding on and putting a chosen subject field within library and information science into perspective.


Competences in:

  • Applying relevant theories and methods to a subject within library and information science.
  • Communicating a scientifically studied issue.


Academic objectives:

The examinee is able to

  • Delimit and deal with an issue within library and information science.
  • Give an account of central theories of relevance to the chosen subject, independently and at a level that reflects in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject's scientific methods.
  • Consider own theoretical and methodological choices critically.


The literature will focus on theory of textuality and will rely mainly on formalized text such as book chapters and journal articles. In addition, there will be some introduction as for how to use digital tools (fx. CAQDAS) for qualitative analysis. 

  • Hayles, Katherine N. (2012). How we think. Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. 
The course will include lectures and small videos from the teacher, student presentations and discussions. Students are asked to participate in plenum discussions and to make small presentations in class. It is optional whether they do the presentations in group or alone. Students are expected to work autonomously and in teams with problems presented to them in class and in the literature. Any introductory videos etc. are expected to be seen prior to coming to the lecture.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 22,5
  • Exam
  • 15
  • Exam Preparation
  • 167,9
  • Total
  • 205,4
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Active participation implies presence in min. 80% of the lectures and fulfillment of the requirements for the course in form of presentations and papers during the course.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Summer exam 2016


Reexamination: Written paper on a defined subject,  7-days are given
Assessment: Internal exam with multiple examiners, the 7-point grading scale.