Distributed and Situated Cognition, 6 credits

Distribuerad och situerad kognition, 6 hp


Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Erik Prytz

Course coordinator

Erik Prytz

Director of studies or equivalent

Jalal Maleki
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Timetable module Language Campus ECV
F7KKO Bachelor´s Programme in Cognitive Science 3 (Autumn 2019) 201934-201943 2 Swedish Linköping, Valla C

Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Cognitive Science

Entry requirements

For admission to the course, the specific entry requirements that apply for admission to the Bachelor's Programme in Cognitive Science must be satisfied and the courses Introduction to Cognitive Science, comprising 6 HE credits, Cognitive Psychology, comprising 6 HE credits, and Qualitative Research Methods, comprising 6 HE credits, or the equivalent, must be completed.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- account for the most common specialisations within distributed and situated cognition,
- account for similarities and differences between these theories, and between them and cognitivist theories,
- account for the bases in ethnographic research methods and approaches,
- apply ethnographic methods and approaches in simple contexts.

Course content

The contents of the course are focused on
- Theories of distributed and situated cognition
- Interplay between technical artefacts and users in cognitive processes
- Theories of cognition and communication
- Cognition from an anthropological culture perspective
- Ethnographic methods for studying cognitive and communicative processes

Teaching and working methods

The teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars and a smaller ethnographic method project that is carried out in small groups. The student is expected to study independently, individually or in groups.


The course is examined through written examination and passed oral and written project presentation.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för datavetenskap
Code Name Scope Grading scale
PROJ Project 2.5 credits U, G, VG
TEN2 Examination 2.5 credits U, G, VG
OBL1 Mandatory seminars 1 credits U, G

Regulary literature


Göransson, Kristina, (2019) Etnografi : sjösätt, navigera och ro i land ditt projekt Upplaga 1 Lund : Studentlitteratur, [2019]

ISBN: 9789144130538



Garbis, C., The Cognitive Use of Artifacts in Cooperative Process Management.

Additional literature


Emerson, Robert M., Fretz, Rachel I., Shaw, Linda L., (2011) Writing ethnographic fieldnotes 2nd ed. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011

ISBN: 9780226206837, 0226206831, 9780226206820, 0226206823

Norman, Donald A., (1993) Things that make us smart : defending human attributes in the age of the machine Reading : Addison-Wesley, cop. 1993

ISBN: 0201581299, 0201626950

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