Applied Philosophy of Science and Mobile Methods


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The objective of the module is to acquaint the students with the role of the researcher and with selected schools in the philosophy of science of relevance to mobilities studies. Moreover, the objective is to enable students to acquire the necessary skills to conduct research within the mobilities field as well as knowledge of different approaches and methods, e.g. mobile ethnography, field studies, tracking technologies and mapping.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of various philosophies of science and advanced methods within mobilities research
  • Must have an understanding of differences between relevant philosophies of science as well as the connection between the different components in a research design (i.e. philosophies of science, theories of mobilities, the research question and the choice of methods)


  • Must be able to assess the applicability of various positions in the philosophy of science in relation to a specific mobilities project and to apply their perspective on the study
  • Must be able to apply various methods of relevance, both digital and analogue  to the study of mobilities
  • Must be able to evaluate the results of data collected by any given mobile method


  • Must be able to create a research design that combines relevant philosophies of science, theories and methods in answering a research question
  • Must have competencies in ensuring validity and reliability in a conducted mobilities study
  • Must have competencies in professional communication in cross-disciplinary contexts

Type of instruction

A mixture of lectures supplemented with hands-on exercises, seminars and workshops



Name of examApplied Philosophy of Science and Mobile Methods
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
Reexamination: Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAnvendt videnskabsteori og mobile metoder
Module codeAODMM1K223
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design