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Postgraduate course

Research Methods and Project Development in Digital Culture

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeDIKULT301
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
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Objectives and Content

This course will offer an overview of central methods in the field of Digital culture and operates with an approximately 500 pages long reading list. The students enrolled in this course are expected to deliver a project description for the master thesis. The students are also expected to submit a self-selected reading list approximately 500 pages long relating to the area they project to cover in their master thesis.

This course is a compulsory part of the master programme in Digital Culture.

Learning Outcomes

After fulfilling the course, the students are expected:

- to acquire knowledge about a broad spectrum of research methods in Digital Culture;

- to acquire skills to evaluate and select theories and methods addressing a particular research theme;

- to be able to define autonomously a problem area and identify central issues;

- to develop extensive skills in academic writing;

- to be well prepared for the efforts to be deployed in the master thesis project.

Required Previous Knowledge

Admission to the course requires that the student is already enrolled in the master programme in Digital Culture. DIKULT301 is usually fulfilled during the first semester of the master programme.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Specialisation in Digital Culture.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study in the master¿s program in Digital Culture at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be offered as lectures and seminars totalling approximately 30 hours. Additionally, individual supervision during the development of the project description will be offered.

In the case that fewer than 5 students are enrolled in the course, the department has the right to reduce the amount of teaching in accordance with the department¿s guidelines (more info on MySpace). When it is or may be the case, the course participants will be informed at semester start and before the registration deadline February 1st / September 1st.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In order to be allowed to take the final examination, the student is required to participate in minimum 75% of the teaching and of the activities that are part of the course. Course participation will be validated by the course coordinator.

Forms of Assessment

DIKULT301 requires a master thesis project description including a work plan to be delivered by the student. The final project description is expected to be between 10 and 15 pages.

Grading Scale


Reading List

In addition to a compulsory reading list covering approximately 500 pages, the students are expected to select in cooperation with the course coordinator an equally large reading list that is relevant to the planned master thesis project. The total reading list will amount to approximately 1000 pages.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


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