Mapping Controversies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • explain theories about contested knowledge, public knowledge controversies and controversy mapping
  • explain theories about the learning potentials and democratic potentials of controversies


  • apply a range of digital/qualitative research tools such as web crawls or bibliometric surveys to trace out the way in which issues become controversial
  • use dynamic visualisation tools to map controversies in an accessible manner
  • produce a website or a similar digital product that enables participants in a controversy to ‘navigate’ the complexities of the issue

  • work collaboratively with large amounts of heterogeneous data
  • conduct visual network analysis


  • approach the interplay between science and politics from a practical perspective 

  • provide a navigational instrument to the participants in a controversy
  • develop and provide a narrative account of the results of the controversy mapping

Type of instruction

Lectures, classroom instructions, exercises, seminars, case analysis, teacher feedback, reflection.



Name of examMapping Controversies
Type of exam
Oral exam
Oral examination in which visualisations of controversies (homepages) are presented and defended.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKortlægning af offentlige videnkontroverser
Module codeTBITANK18203
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Techno-Anthropology
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design