INFORMATION STUDIES

The human and social aspects of IT.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Information studies is located at the interface between man and machine. On the programme, you work with technological applications, innovations and potential for society both practically and theoretically, and you learn to design user-centred solutions.

Studying on the information studies programme

The courses on the information studies BA programme are based on lectures and classroom instruction, which is where you get to make presentations and work on projects together with your study group. The courses on the programme cover a wide variety of topics. You work with programming, communication theory, organisational theory, the history of technology, design processes, computer science and the analysis of organisations and businesses.

The interaction between people, society and technology

On the information studies programme, you learn to describe, analyse and construct computer-based information systems based on a human-centred approach. You explore how new technologies affect society and how people actually use technology at work, at home or in connection with aesthetic and cultural experiences.

Career opportunities

As a graduate with a BA in information studies, you are qualified for admission to a number of humanities Master’s degree programmes. For example the Master's degree programme in information studies, an advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. This degree leads to career opportunities in technology or organisational consulting, IT project management, communications or multimedia design.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22270

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

 A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language) or Communication/IT at A level.

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

1) a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below

2) other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the information studies BA programme focus on both the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject. You are introduced to the many different techniques involved in the design process, including basic programming. You also study communication and how people interact with information technologies.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

In the diagram below, you can see how the programme is structured. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Academic life on the information studies programme

At lectures, assigned texts are discussed and analysed by your teacher. Your year group is divided into smaller classes for seminars, where you have an opportunity to discuss your subject and work on projects with your fellow students. You will also be part of a study group, where you will work on presentations together and discuss your subject. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in information studies. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures independently, and meeting with your study group. This is why information studies is a full-time degree programme, even though you don’t necessarily have scheduled classes every day.

Monday:
8:00 - 11:00 Seminar: Digital Representations
11:00 - 14:00 Academic Study Skills
14:00-18:00 Independent study

Tuesday:
8:00-14:00 Independent study
14:00-17:00 Lecture: Communication

Wednesday:
9:00 - 12:00 Seminar: Communication
12:00 - 15:00 Seminar: Academic Study Skills
15:00–18:00 Assignments

Thursday:
8:00-18:00 Independent study

Friday:
8:00-12:00 Study group
12:00 - 15:00 Lecture: Digital Representations
15:00 - 18:00 Friday bar

Physical surroundings
The information studies programme is based in IT City Katrinebjerg 

Social life on the information studies programme 

SAIS
The information studies students’ association is called SAIS, and it organises lectures, study trips and visits to companies. 

Fredagsbar.dk
Information studies students have a Friday bar together with students from media studies and digital design. Every Friday at 1:00, you can enjoy cold drinks and hang out with your fellow students.

Kontekst
The degree programmes in Katrinebjerg publish a study magazine called Kontekst. It is published four times a year and is written by students for students. 

PANIK
Party All Night In Katrinebjerg. PANIK is a social committee that throws two parties a year for all IT City students.  

UNITY: Katrinebjerg
It’s fun and relevant to test your abilities in interdisciplinary and professional contexts. So the   UNITY links students with the business world.

Studying abroad

While studying information studies, doing a semester abroad is a great idea. Studying abroad allows you to improve your foreign language skills and learn another culture from the inside. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

As an information studies graduate, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

Your studies provide you with a broad understanding of information technology’s possibilities, and you learn to analyse a technology within the specific context in which it will be used. You learn how to perform user surveys, and you learn how to manage design processes through your study of theory and practical hands-on experience with projects. You also explore theories of communication and organisations, and you learn how to analyse the communicative and organisational challenges facing concrete companies. 

Most graduates with a degree in information studies work as project managers, system developers, IT consultants or with designing IT solutions. Others work in communications or administration. 

Supplementary subjects

You are required to select a supplementary subject on the third year of your BA programme in information studies. There are many possibilities. Here are some examples of supplementary subjects chosen by other information studies students: 

  • Supplementary subject in rhetoric
  • Supplementary subject in humanistic organisational development
  • Supplementary subject in sociology 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in information studies go on to do a Master’s degree. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some examples of the options available to graduates of the BA programme: 

  • The Master’s degree programme in information studies, which builds on your BA degree. You gain a more critical perspective on the theories and methods you use at this level.
  • The Master’s degree programme in digital design, which provides you with the analytical tools and creative skills you need to design and analyse digital solutions.
  • The Master’s degree programme in rhetoric, which provides you with the practical communication skills and analytical tools to identify good argumentation.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, where you learn to understand experiences as commodities and design experiences for users.