KULT1101 - Digital Cultures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 A

Course content

This course is about internet culture. Through case studies of selected technologies, the course explores new practices, communities and cultures on the Internet. Examples of such cases are memes, influencers, fan culture & fan fiction, hashtag activism and anonymity (the cases will vary from semester to semester, the above themes are illustrative only). In addition, the course themes different visions about the Internet; from the idea of the internet as a democratizing force to the framing of the internet as a waste of time, to highlight how technologies are shaped by narratives and interpretations of them.

The purpose is to develop tools to understand our mediated contemporary world, and to critically evaluate the role digital technology plays in the development of new expressions, affiliations, identities and relationships. The course has a particular interest in internet phenomena that are rejected as trivial or meaningless, such as funny cat pictures, to understand what functions they have in our everyday lives and society in general. In addition, the phenomena are studied from a user perspective and are concerned with how users have developed new and unexpected forms of interaction and creativity.

The course has a sociotechnical approach to digital cultures and combines perspectives from Technology and Science Studies (STS) with Internet studies to address the mutual shaping relationship between technology and society.

Learning outcome

Students who complete this course have knowledge of:

  • Different narratives and visions related to the internet
  • Selected controversies and criticisms directed at Internet phenomena such as memes, influencers, fan culture & fan fiction, hashtag activism and anonymity.

Students who complete this course have skills in:

  • analyzing historical and contemporary digitization processes
  • contemporary digital cultures in a sociotechnical perspective
  • critically evaluate the role of technological and societal changes related to digital technology in new Internet practices -do an independent analysis of digital cultures and articulate findings in in the academic genre

Learning methods and activities

The teaching emphasizes student active learning with individual and group work on assignments. Emphasis is placed on the use of new media in both teaching and evaluation. The assessment form is a home exam, which requires passing 1 written exercise. Both in written exercise and at home exam, the student will do a smaller data collection in the form of an interview or observation.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Social Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
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