Mobility

2021/2022

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The course will introduce the student to a new way of considering what is important for communication and digital media studies.

Traditionally, close analyses of interaction and texts have been undertaken as constitutive or part of a larger political and societal entities. However, one of the basic features of human existence, being mobile, has not been of central theoretical or analytical concern when studying ways of communicating - with or without digital media.

In the course, Mobility Studies is introduced, not just as a field, but as a new research paradigm (Mobilities).

The course offers a closer look at different types of embodied human mobility (e.g. walking and driving), relate mobility to (work) places, and discuss forced mobility due to political, societal and environmental reasons.

Each of these themes are introduced with an approach from Discourse and Practice Studies, so every course day consists of lectures and analytical tasks.  

Learning objectives

Knowledge

Through the module, the student must gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • theories and methods specifically relevant for mobilitet/mobility 

  • research questions and challenges around mobilitet/mobility  

  • theories and methods about the relationship between mobility, space and embodiment 

  • theories and methods about how communication, social practices and technologies have an impact on mobility and are in turn effected by it  

Skills

The student must through the module acquire skills in:

  • to master research methods and tools to study mobility   

  • to be able to evaluate and choose between research theories, methods, tools and on the basis of this discuss which types of analysis and/or solutions would be feasible for mobility 

  • to be able to initiate, manage, accomplish mobility studies to evaluate the impact of different types of mobility on practices in different settings (e.g. work, family, everyday life) 

  • to be able to evaluate the impact of globalization on mobility 

Competences

The student must through the module acquire competences for:

  • independent use of theoretical and methodological knowledge to understand and solve challenges caused by mobility 

  • to act and guide others as a member of (civil) society in situations where practices depend on mobility  

Type of instruction

Reference is made to §17.

Exam

Exams

Name of examMobility
Type of exam
Written exam
The exam takes form of a given 7-day homework assignment, where the student, based on the module, answers the question(s) within the subject area. The assignment must not exceed 15 pages and must be prepared individually.

The assignment is assessed by the examiner and an internal co-assessor.
ECTS10
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Electives are updated on our website:

https://www.kdm.aau.dk/studiehaandbog/uddannelsen/kandidat/valgfag/

Facts about the module

Danish titleMobilitet
Module codeKAKDMVM2043
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterSpring
KA elective 2. semester
ECTS10
Language of instructionDanish and English
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities