Innovation and Societal Challenges


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Innovation is essential for firms, institutions and societies in order to be able to tackle contemporary and future societal challenges. In the semester project students in groups define and analyse a research problem within the overall specialisation semester theme ‘Innovation and societal challenges’.

The project can be carried out in collaboration with a company or other external organisation and/or the project may be connected to ongoing interdisciplinary (mega) projects in collaboration with students enrolled in other study programs at master’s level. The project topic is defined by the student and approved by the advisor.

Learning objectives


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary knowledge on:

  • relevant theoretical and empirical problems within the core field of analysis.
  • understanding and on a scientific basis, reflect on the knowledge of the field of analysis as well as be able to identify related scientific issues.



The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary skills in:

  • identifying, defining and motivating a relevant research question within the core field of analysis.
  • critically reflecting on and select among the relevant theories and methods, and set up – on a scientific basis – analysis and solution models for the identified issues and problems.
  • communicating research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific issues with both peers and non-specialists.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competences in:

  • initiating, managing and completing problem-based project work.
  • managing work situations and developments that are complex, unpredictable and require new solution models.
  • independently taking responsibility for own professional development and specialisation.

Type of instruction

For information see § 17.



Name of examInnovation and Societal Challenges
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Group examination with max. 6 students. The student may also choose to write the project alone.
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 titleInnovation og samfundsudfordringer
Module codeKAINB202021
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Economics and Business Administration
DepartmentAalborg University Business School
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities