Mapping Controversies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • explain theories about contested knowledge and the role of technology in controversies.
  • explain theories about the learning potential of controversies involving new knowledge and technology.    
  • explain theories about the role played by online media in controversies    
  • explain key aspects of digital tools and methods for studies of online controversies.


  • map actors and issues in relation to techno-anthropological problems
  • apply computational techniques to collect online datasets
  • apply computational techniques to identify issues and actor positions in digital empirical material
  • use data visualisation exploratively and in conjunction with relevant qualitative analysis to raise questions about a given controversy


  • work collaboratively with large amounts of heterogeneous data
  • design a feasible protocol for a controversy mapping project and reflect on the skill-sets and resources it necessitates
  • account for the results of a controversy mapping project and their use in wider techno-anthropological contexts

Type of instruction

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



Name of examMapping Controversies
Type of exam
Oral exam
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 codeTBTANK20203
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design