BIBV3040 Digital media and culture Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Digital media and culture
Bachelorstudium i bibliotek- og informasjonsvitenskap
10 stp.


The course offers a case- and discussion-based approach to the current digital media landscape. In the course, we read and discuss academic articles and books on digital media and culture and debate critical issues in digital media, ranging from social media to streaming to theories of digitalization and data. The course has three parts: Culture and entertainment, Communication and power, and Digitalization and data. For each part, an introductory lecture will be given. An introductory lecture will also be provided. All other class activities are based on student participation. The instructor will provide cases for discussion. Students will, individually and in groups, be tasked with presenting and discussing texts from the curriculum.

Case discussions will deal critically with issues such as the political impact of social media, the sustainability of streaming services, the power of digital communication platforms, datafication and the power of metrics, and the characteristics of digitalization.

The teaching language is in English




After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of central topics of debate within digital media and culture
  • has knowledge of how scholars of digital media observe and analyze digital media and culture
  • has knowledge of theories of communication, power, digitalization and datafication
  • has an understanding of how digital media influences culture and politics


The student

  • is able to partake in discussions on digital media and culture
  • is able to give oral presentations in class
  • is able to provide summaries and interpretations of complex academic texts

General competences

The student

  • is able to reflect critically on social, political and economic issues arising from digital media
  • is able to partake in discussions on digital media and culture

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course is based on in-class discussions of texts and cases. In addition, lectures on the central topic areas will be provided. Students are required to prepare in advance for all in-class discussions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following coursework requirements must have been approved in order for the student to take the exam:

  • Requirement 1: students shall participate in active discussions in seminars. Active discussion is defined as providing substantial comments in at least three seminars.
  • Requirement 2: each student gives two oral presentations of text readings (one curriculum text and one case text) for the seminars. These presentations may take place in pairs or groups of three.

All required coursework must be completed and approved by the given deadline in order for the student to take the exam.

Vurdering og eksamen

The final assessment consists of a individually written term paper of 20,000 characters +-10% including spaces. Font and font size: Arial/Calibri 12 pt. Line spacing: 1.5.

The term paper is a written adaptation and extension of the oral presentations given as course requirements. Students awarded a fail grade are given one opportunity to submit an improved version of the term paper for assessment.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied with


Letter grading A-F.


The examination is assessed by an internal and an external examiner. The external examiner grades a random sample consisting of approx. 25 per cent of the exams. The grades given for this sample provide a basis for internal examiners who will be grading the other exams.