Theories & Traditions in Information Studies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module introduces students to the central theories and research traditions in the field of information science, including theories on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design and information architecture, information seeking, behaviour, and practice, as well as theories on digital collaboration and learning. 

Learning objectives


The student must through the module gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • central theories on HCI, interaction design, and information architecture  

  • central theories on information seeking, behaviour, and practice  

  • central theories on digital collaboration and learning 


The student must through the module acquire skills in:

  • mastering the theories and research traditions in information science 

  • discussing and comparing the different theories and paradigms of the discipline with a view to formulating appropriate analyses and solutions to real-world problems 

  • communicating and discussing research-based knowledge and problem statements with peers in multi-disciplinary collaborations 


The student must through the module acquire competences in:

  • being able to independently initiate and conduct professional and multi-disciplinary collaborations 

  • being able to independently apply and operationalize relevant theories and traditions from information science in order to solve ICT-related problems 

  • being able to take responsibility for their own professional development, rooted in an understanding of the discipline’s theories and research traditions from a problem-based perspective 

Type of instruction

Reference is made to §17.



Name of examTheories & Traditions in Information Studies
Type of exam
Written exam
The exam takes form of a written homework assignment in which the student answers the question(s) based on a syllabus for the assignment.

The assignment is prepared individually.

Total number of pages: The assignment must consist of minimum 12 and maximum 15 pages.

The assignment is assessed by the examiner and extern examinar.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeorier og tilgange til informationsvidenskab
Module codeKAINFOS2016
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
KA 1. semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Information Science (Information Studies)
Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities