Data radically impact our lives, our perception of the world and the world itself. Data and digital infrastructures are not just quantifying and representing reality, but are literally world-changing. Data and the digital is thus not just a powerful instrument for analysis and human mastery, but a transformative force of human and earthly life as such. It matters what and how things are datafied and how they are processed and related in and through digital infrastructures.
Data are not just technical and material, but just as much socially and culturally constructed. Data, as socio-material products have socio-material consequences.
To understand and act in a world of data requires people skilled in unpacking and understanding data as a complex cultural phenomenon. It requires skills well developed in the human and social sciences such as interpretation, critical reflection and cultural analysis. And in order to act responsibly in a world of data requires interpretation, imagination, creativity and speculation.
The supplementary subject is for students who witness the increasing role of data in society with both curious interest and critical concern. It is for students who want to take responsibility and be engaged in the making of sustainable and ethical futures, and who know that there are no easy or quick fixes, no simple answers. The supplementary subject is developed from the assumption that learning and knowledge production is an embodied practice, not only an intellectual meditation. Theory and practice are interwoven throughout the programme. Learning and becoming a skilled person in a world of data requires getting your hands dirty.
The supplementary subject explores the following questions:
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish University. Futhermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with supplementary subject.
It is a requirement that you have passed 60 ECTS credits in your core subject before 15 April. Introductory courses are not included when calculating these ECTS credits.
History B or History of Ideas B or Comtemporary History B or Social Science B
If you do not meet the level requirements, you can supplement subject levels.
40 seats. The number of seats is indicative and can be adjusted continuously by the university.
In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) obtained in the core subject in the Bachelor’s degree by 15 April. Propaedeutic courses are not included in the GPA.
All Bachelor’s supplementary subjects require a sufficient number of participants. Therefore, we kindly urge you to make up to four applications to make sure you are admitted to a Bachelor’s supplementary subject in case your highest priority is not offered. The same applies if your highest priority has restricted admission and not all qualified applicants are admitted.
You cannot take a supplementary subject in the same field as your central subject. The general rule is that you may not choose a Bachelor’s supplementary subject with the same title as your central subject.
If you are supplementing a subject level in the Danish upper secondary school and do not finish the supplementary subject before August, you have to upload the documentation that you are registered for the supplementary subject to your application for admission no later than 1 August. Deadline for uploading documentation for passed supplementary subject is 5 September.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you?
You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:
Your everyday life as a student on Critical Data Studies involves a combination of lectures, exercises and individual preparation. Project work, critical reflection, designing and imagining are central features in the supplementary subejct. The academic environment is influenced by the diverse academic backgrounds of the students, and the result is a very dynamic and interdisciplinary environment for students of this supplementary subject.
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The supplementary subject acquaints students with digital tools and techniques in relation to data production and processing and unpacking and reflecting on these to understand how they work and what consequences they have. The supplementary subject moves between the micro and macro by including the student’s own experiences with data and their digital objects and zooms out and investigates the larger societal consequences of data.
The supplementary subject aims to: