The overall aim of this course is to provide you with a theoretical foundation for research in information science (IS). During the course, you will learn the influential theories and research streams in the field of IS.
After successfully completing this course, you…
We aim to deliver these learning outcomes through an interactive and discussion-oriented course. Active class participation is required to maximize your learning.
- have learned what theory is and what role it plays in research;
- are familiar with existing theorizing strategies;
- are able to evaluate theoretical contributions in research;
- are familiar with the theoretical foundations of contemporary IS research;
- are able to develop and write your own theoretical contributions about IS-related phenomena;
- are able to use existing IS theories in developing a research design;
- are able to propose the foundations of a new IS theory or propose new elements to an existing theory, as well as an approach on how this theory should be validated;
- are able to present your work both orally and in writing.
Class contribution (individual): 20%
Weekly research proposals (team): 20%
Theory presentation (individual): 20%
Final paper (individual): 40%
Each partial grade needs to be at least 5.5. If you receive a grade below 5.5 for the research proposals, theory presentation and/or final paper, you will get a repair opportunity. We do not offer a repair opportunity for the class contribution grade.
A retake requires at least a 4 for the original test.
The course lectures are divided over nine weeks, where each week has its own theme, e.g. ‘IS and the individual’, ‘IS and society, and ‘IS artifacts’.
Most weeks contains two lectures: the Tuesday lecture, in which both lecturers and students will present and discuss the literature that was assigned; and the Thursday lecture in which you will show how you apply the theories described in the literature to your own research proposal.
Selection of scientific papers that will be announced on Blackboard.