Students with at least 60 ECTS in Digital Culture at UiB can apply for this NORDPLUS course in Finland Aug 20-24 this year – you get a paid trip, fun and stimulating discussions and 15 ECTS for it. Our course code for it will be DIKULT252.  There’ll be three students from each of the partners in the Nordic Digital Culture Network, so from us at the University of Bergen, from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, from the IT University in Copenhagen and from the Universities of Jyväskylä and Turku in Finland. If you’re interested in applying, get in touch with Scott Rettberg ( who is our contact person for the course, as we’ll be running a small workshop on how to write an abstract for something like this. The application deadline is April 1.

Here are some excerpts from the plan for the course (not yet finally approved by the faculty administration and published on the web, sorry)

Topic in 2012: Digital Materialities (in a broad sense; physical artefacts related to digital content platforms; game packaging and such); digital practices affecting physical environments; physical interaction with media; preservation of cultural heritage etc.; the topic is not meant to be strongly restrictive, good papers may be accepted even though not directly related to the topic.

Application procedure: All undergraduate Digital Culture students with 60+ credits are eligible to apply. Students should submit an abstract of approximately 500 words describing their bachelor ́s thesis project, by April 1.
Selection will be based on the quality of the abstracts and on prior performance in Digital Culture courses. Only courses already completed the previous semester will be included in the 60 ECTS Digital Culture.
Three students from UiB Digital Culture will be selected and will receive Nordplus stipends for travel expenses. These students only will be enrolled in the course.

The summer seminar is a weeklong course including students and faculty from all of the participating institutions.
Students will submit and present a paper-in-progress and work with students from other institutions during the week of the joint seminar.
After the seminar, students will work with UiB faculty during three obligatory meetings in the fall term to prepare their papers for evaluation and publication submission. These meetings will be led by the UiB faculty member and include the three participating students at UiB. The meetings will be workshops focused on revisions of the students’ papers.

Assessment will be based on a final paper, approximately 5000 words in length, and a final presentation. The paper will serve as the BA thesis for undergraduates enrolled in the course. One grade will be assigned based on the paper and the oral presentation. The oral presentation can adjust the paper grade by one letter grade.

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