Project Module I

2021/2022

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Objectives

The objective of this module is:

  • to provide students with additional factual and theoretical knowledge within the subject areas of the other modules of the semester, and to give them the opportunity to reflect on theories and their usability in specific contexts in a critical manner.
  • to gain experience in collecting and processing data and information in order to analyse a particular problem
  • to gather experience in working in a team of people with different competencies, academic and cultural backgrounds and to practice discussing potentially controversial issues while respecting other people’s opinions
  • to practice working actively in an English-language project process and to practise academic writing in English 
  • to train students in identifying and delimiting a suitable research problem for the project and creating an appropriate research design which will enable them to complete the project within a set timeframe.
     

Contents

Students form groups and define a problem within the other modules of the semester. The group will work on the problem independently. The university provides academic supervision.  Students must discuss various theories and select one or several, which they deem to be relevant. Unless it is a purely theory-based project, students must discuss which type of empirical data might be relevant in this context and organise the data collection. The topic of the project must be formulated as a problem, and students must seek to answer this problem. The answer must be based on theoretical reflection and – unless it is a purely theory-based project – be empirically grounded. Purely descriptive projects are not acceptable.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

  • possess additional factual knowledge of theories and practices within the fields covered in the other modules of the semester and can reflect on these on a scientific basis
  • possess further knowledge and understanding of the themes within these fields and various approaches to the study of these.

Skills

  • can identify and delimit a research problem and create a research strategy suitable for answering the problem statement
  • can apply their knowledge to select theories that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these theories.
  • can collect empirical data systematically in order to solve a problem within the other modules of the semester and reflect critically on this process
  • can integrate theory and empirical data on an interdisciplinary basis
  • can communicate in written and spoken academic English

Competences

  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge
  • can work purposely on an answer to a given problem and within a set deadline
  • can work in a team of people with different competences and cultural backgrounds.

Type of instruction

The module consists of the written student project. The project must be written in groups of 3 to 6 students. 

Exam

Exams

Name of examProject Module I
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination for Project Module I is an internally assessed oral examination on the basis of a written project report. The minimum and the maximum number of pages for the project report are as follows:

1 student: min 12 pages, max 25 pages (only possible with a dispensation from the study board)
2 students: min 17 pages, max 35 pages (only possible with a dispensation from the study board)
3 students: min 23 pages, max 45 pages
4 students: min 27 pages, max 55 pages
5-6 students: min 32 pages, max 65 pages

Duration of examination: The maximum duration of the examination is 20 minutes per student plus 10 minutes per project, up to a total limit of two hours. This includes time for grading and announcement of the result.
ECTS10
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Danny Raymond is responseble for the projects in Copenhagen.

Lise Rolandsen Agustin is responseble for the projects at Development and International Relations in Aalborg.

Søren Dosenrode is responseble for the European Studies.

Facts about the module

Danish titleProject Module I
Module codeSNIF009
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS10
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of International Affairs
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyThe Faculty of Social Sciences