LBAS2003 - Archives, museums and citizenship in the digital age


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course explores the role of archival institutions and museums in furthering democracy and openness in the public sphere. In exploring these themes, the course also offers an introduction to different theories on democracy.
"Medborgerskap," the Norwegian term used in this course, is hard to translate to English. It is a relatively new term that is similar to, but not the same as, "citizenship."Medborgerskap," in current public discourse, is something that entails awareness and action. A "medborger" is a citizen that exists in the interplay between duties and rights; inclusion and exclusion; participation and disengagement; demands and concessions.
In aiming to shed light on the phenomenon of "medborgerskap" in relation to museums and archives, the course provides examples of how these institutions may give individuals the information and the knowledge necessary to actively participate in society.
The digital age, of which archives and museums are a definite part, provide many new possibilities for communication and interaction between individuals, as well as between governments and citizens.
With new possibilities, however, come a host of new challenges. In this course, we critically examine how the political choice to digitize services in the public sphere has transformed our political and cultural public discourse, and in what ways this concerns archives and museums.

Learning outcome


The student
- has knowledge about what the terms public sphere, public discourse and democracy mean
- has knowledge about the role of archives and museums in Norwegian society, historically and currently
- has knowledge about what the term "medborgerskap" entails, and about how archival institutions and museums may contribute to increasing the "medborgerskap"-competancy among citizens
- has knowledge about digitization as a societal phenomenon, and about how digital information technology can change political and cultural public discourse
- has knowledge about how digital information technology can potentially change the societal role of archives and museums.

The student
- kan account for digitization as a societal phenomenon, as well as digitization as work processes in archival institutions and museums.
- can make an assessment about what types of material are suitable for digitization.

General competency
The student
- can discuss how digitization affects society and public discourse
- can discuss in what ways the tasks of archives and museums can affect and be affected by society and public discourse
- can contribute to the planning of digitization processes in archives and museums
- can discuss various qualities in originals as opposed to digital copies of archive documents and objects.

Learning methods and activities

A combination of lectures, excursions and written assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignments according to course description
  • First draft
  • Comments to two first drafts

Further on evaluation

Required assignments
The course has three required assignments:
- A first draft of the term-paper must be handed in mid-term.
- Each student subsequently comments om the drafts of two fellow students.
- A reading log is handed in at the end of the semester and must contain a short summary of each of the readings and a brief reflective essay.

The required assignments will not be graded but assessed on a pass/fail basis. If a student fails in the first attempt, an improved version if the assignment must be handed in within a week of the assessment.

All required assignments must be passed before the student can write the course exam.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Archive and collection management (LTARKIV)

Course materials

A final version of the reading list will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the semester. A temporary version is also posted on INNSIDA.

More on the course

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



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 30/100

Release 2020-11-18

Submission 2020-12-02

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Assignment 70/100

Release 2020-11-23

Submission 2020-12-08

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

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
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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