KULT2201 - Digitization and social change


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 ALLE

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100 ALLE

Course content

This topic explores the relationship between digital technology and societal change. The topic is about how digitalisation shapes self-understanding, learning, leisure, organization and working life. With a particular interest in the user's role in technological development, the course aims to show how major technological shifts fade into people's everyday lives. With a critical approach to the potential of digitalization, the subject highlights nuanced understandings of the role of technologies in social change, as well as professional analyzes of ongoing controversies about what digital technology does in our lives.
The course is based on theoretical and technological studies that are concerned with how technology and society shape each other, but it also draws on case studies from internet research. In addition, the topic draws on gender research to understand how digital technology can be used to exclude vulnerable groups, reinforce inequalities and contribute to discrimination - or vice versa; Provide platforms to excluded groups, create inclusion and counteract injustice.
In the first part of the semester, students are introduced to key academic perspectives such as socio-materiality, script and domestication, as well as some selected thematic focus areas such as quantified self, toxic algorithms, game-based learning, selfies, platforms (theme will vary from year to year). In the second part of the semester, the students will plan and carry out a small research project in groups where they collect empirics for the semester assignment.
The course is open to all students, and is part of the STS (studies in knowledge, technology and society) annual study program, which can be subject 2 / broad-based in most bachelor's degrees and qualifies for admission to PPU (social studies).

Learning outcome

Students of this course have knowledge about:
-processes that shapes production and acquisition of new media technologies, with focus on gender, design and use
-perspectives on central cultural changes from the introduction of digital communication, virtual societies and social media
-perspectives on social digitization strategies and social and cultural changes relatede to these.

Students of this course are skilled at:
-analyzing new media technologies as carriers and creators of culture
-analyzing acquisition and use of new technology, focusing on the role of the user
-analyzing usage of new media technologies with a gendered perspective.
-writing well reasoned academic texts

Learning methods and activities

The teaching emphasizes student active learning with individual and group work on assignments. The use of new media in both teaching and work requirements is emphasized.
The first part of the semester consists of lectures and minor assignments in which the subject's theoretical perspectives and empirical case are presented. The second part of the semester is taught as a project seminar where students collect data for the semester assignment.

Compulsory assignments

  • approved folder consisting of a minimum of 5 approved work requirements

Further on evaluation

The form of assessment is a semester assignment. Final assessment requires approved folder consisting of a minimum of 5 approved work requirements. The work requirements consist of both individual and group submissions in different formats, such as essay, presentation, digital storytelling, blog and the like, or participation in selected teaching activities.

The final semester assignment is delivered individually, independently exploring the theme, daily news and critical potential.

Assessment report requires approved teaching report the same semester. Due to significant organizational changes in the course from 2020, compulsory activity from the previous semester will not automatically provide the opportunity to take the exam / submit a semester assignment, but may count towards the work requirements in the folder.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be specified at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Gender Research
  • Media Studies
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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