Study programme

Archival and Information Studies: Information Studies

Programme Overview

To study Information Studies is to learn how information is organised, preserved, curated and presented in contemporary society, but also how data and information are transforming lives, economies, social relations and politics. The Master's programme consists of a theoretically-based first semester in which you will critically analyse core information and archival theories.

The second semester of Information Studies includes an extensive Advanced Theories Lab, a thesis workshop and a final course in which students synthesise their theoretical and practical insights by reflecting on the major challenges of information creation, management and use.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Information Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses and electives;
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

Course Overview

Semester 1

  • The Information Society and its Infrastructures (12 ECTS)
  • Information Analytics and Digital Humanities (12 ECTS)

Specialist courses (students choose one):

  • Archival Appraisal: Concepts and Practices (6 ECTS)
  • Digital Memory and Sovereignty (6 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Advanced Theories Lab (12 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis Workshop (18 ECTS)

Thesis

The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student over the course of the Master's. The research topic will be determined in consultation with your thesis supervisor.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue:

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

9 November 2017