Contemporary democracy frequently finds itself confronted with highly unstable forms of knowledge around which there exists no clear guide. Controversies rooted in the techno-political entanglements of science and society seem increasingly resilient to conventional political process and cannot simply be settled by 'the facts'.
How do we handle and engage with complex knowledge controversies? And what new forms of 'democratic equipment' might be of use in that enterprise? The course enables students to make practical use of a series of new web-based research tools and map out complex controversial issues in an easily accessible manner.
Students who complete this module can:
The course involves students in collaborative research projects requiring them to make use of one or more digital methods to map out a controversy of their choosing. The goal is to make it available and explorable by a general public through an online platform like a webpage or a blog. Students can either bring their own case material from another course or choose one when they start (although this will have to be done from day one). The course is structured as a combination of introductory lectures, group work and a series of practicumswhich will introduce the students to new tools and methods while exploring controversies from the hands-on perspective of trying to map them out.
|Name of exam||Mapping Controversies|
|Type of exam|
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||Are described in the Framework Provisions.|
|Study Board||Studyboard for Techno-Anthropology, Sustainable Design and Integrated Food studies|
|Faculty||Technical Faculty of IT and Design|