HIVK03137U Cph., Digital museum mediation and museology, Elective

Volume 2015/2016

Master in Information Science and Cultural Communication


This elective module is aimed at students wishing to specialise in museology and museum mediation, and gives an introduction to conditions, positions and problems in the museum field.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • What is a museum? What is the role of museums in society?
    • cultural policies and guidelines, experience economy, museum history and museological paradigms
  • Visitor experiences and learning
    • visitor studies, motivations, education and/or entertainment
  • Digital museology
    • digitisation and digital mediation, virtuality and authenticity, mobile and social media, interactivity and participation
  • Curation and exhibition design
    • exhibition and mediation strategies, rhetorics, organisation and analysis


The course aims to help students identify, qualify and work with their own relevant research questions in the field, using a personal blog (exam requirement) and as preparation for an eventual master thesis in this area.

Learning Outcome

Competence objectives for the module

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

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 in 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 and issue within library and information science.
  • Give an account of central theories of relevance th 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.
  • Communicate a scientifically studied issue.

 BooksExamples of literature that might be used in the course:

  • Dubuc, É. (2011): ’Museum and university mutations: the relationship between museum practices and museum studies in the era of interdisciplinarity, professionalisation, globalisation and new technologies’. Museum Management and Curatorship, 26:5, pp. 497-508
  • Proctor, N. (2011): ‘Mobile guides in the rhizomic museum’ in Katz (eds.) Creativity and Technology. Social Media, Mobiles and Museums, Edingburgh: MuseumsEtc.
  • Parry, Ross. (2013); 'The End of the beginning:Normativity in the Postdigital Museum', Museum Worlds: Advances in Research 1(2013):24-39 
  • Falk, John H. & Dierking, Lynn D. (1992): “Introduction: The Interactive Experience Model” i The Museum Experience. Washington D.C. : Whalesback
Lectures, discussions, student presentations and blogging.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 22,5
  • Exam
  • 36,5
  • Exam Preparation
  • 146,4
  • 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.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship