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2022/2023  KAN-CKOMO4001U  Digital Cultures

English Title
Digital Cultures

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Robin Steedman - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Customer behaviour
  • Communication
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 01-02-2023

Relevant links

Learning objectives
  • Explore the historical, theoretical and methodological underpinnings of research relevant to cultural analysis of contemporary digitally-enabled economies
  • Develop an understanding of the process and outputs of a cultural analysis
  • Recognise the key characteristics of qualitative digital research methods
  • Examine methods of conducting and analysing qualitative digital research
  • Understand what is involved in writing up and presenting research findings in an appropriate manner
  • Plan and design a coherent analysis of a given topic in Digital Culture from start to finish
Digital Cultures:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
The written part of the exam can be taken individually or in groups of 2-3 students.
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The written part of the exam can be taken individually or in groups of 2-3 students.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course introduces students to theoretical and methodological appraoches to digital culture, focusing on digitally-enabled platform economies and their cultural and social dynamics and micro-level interactions.


The course mobilizes theoretical insights from media and communication studies, science and technology studies (STS), anthropology, cultural studies and economic sociology to articulate how digital technology’s affordances, infrastructures and social imaginaries influence and shape consumer cultures, values and worldviews.


The course includes topics such as gig labour, attention economies, sharing economies, blockchain-based infrastructures, algorithmic cultures, digital rights perspectives and emerging digital cultures.  


It introduces students to established and emerging digital methods including digital ethnography, digital historiography and social media analysis.


Description of the teaching methods
We will be covering digital research in a dynamic learning environment consisting of lectures, guided class discussions and methodological experimentation.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given continuously in class setting and through peer-to-peer feedback sessions guided by the lecturer.
Student workload
Lectures and exercises 60 hours
Preparation for classes 352 hours
Total 412 hours
Expected literature

Example literature:

  • McLuhan, M. (1964). The medium is the message. In: Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. https:/​/​web.mit.edu/​allanmc/​www/​mcluhan.mediummessage.pdf 
  • Jessica Ogden (2022) “Everything on the internet can be saved”: Archive Team, Tumblr and the cultural significance of web archiving, Internet Histories, 6:1-2, 113-132.
  • Nieborg, D. B., & Poell, T. (2018). The platformization of cultural production: Theorizing the contingent cultural commodity. New Media & Society, 20(11), 4275–4292.
  • Keywords in remix studies. Routledge.
  • Livingstone, S. (2019). Audiences in an age of datafication: Critical questions for media research. Television & New Media, 20(2), 170-183.
  • Baym, N. K. (1998). The emergence of on-line community. In Cybersociety 2.0: Revisiting Computer-Mediated Communication and Community, 35-68.
  • This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture. MIT Press.
  • Dependent, Distracted, Bored: Affective Formations in Networked Media. MIT Press.
  • Gran, A. B., Booth, P., & Bucher, T. (2021). To be or not to be algorithm aware: a question of a new digital divide?. Information, Communication & Society, 24(12), 1779-1796.
  • Buy Now: How Amazon Branded Convenience and Normalized Monopoly. The MIT Press.
  • Zuboff, S. (2019, January). Surveillance capitalism and the challenge of collective action. In New labor forum (Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 10-29). SAGE Publications.
  • Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media. Yale University Press.
  • Steedman R, Kennedy H and Jones R (2020) Complex ecologies of trust in data practices and data-driven systems. Information, Communication & Society 23(6): 817–832.
  • Anwar MA and Graham M (2020) Hidden transcripts of the gig economy: labour agency and the new art of resistance among African gig workers. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 52(7): 1269–1291.
  • Caplan, R., & Boyd, D. (2016). Who controls the public sphere in an era of algorithms. Mediation, Automation, Power, 1-19.
  • Optimal Motherhood and Other Lies Facebook Told Us. The MIT Press.
Last updated on 01-02-2023