Action Research


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The course module builds upon knowledge acquired in the module 'Technological Processes and Design'.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

During this module students will conduct research activities that support and qualify technological transformation by involving affected people. Students will gain experiences with different action research methodologies, and get familiar with how they can be utilised in a professional context. Students are to plan and execute an action research project and thereby promote, test and evaluate responsible technological intervention; experimentation with new and emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts.

A student who has completed the module 'Action Research' can:

Learning objectives


  • discuss the phases of action research, including those of problem identification, planning, action, observation, and reflection
  • explain classic and contemporary approaches in action research work, including different definitions, level of participation/ involvement and underpinning assumptions


  • plan, execute and evaluate action research methods in a professional setting
  • account for and analyse results from the project’s action research methodology
  • reflect on how action research can contribute to responsible technological intervention; experimentation with emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts on a practical and theoretical level


  • assess potentials and limitations of various action research approaches, including those related to the quality criteria for and the ethical dimensions of action research
  • facilitate participation in action research processes and in responsible technological innovation; experimenting with emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts
  • liaise the project work to the needs of the labor market

Type of instruction

Project work, supervisor feedback, seminars and workshops, reflection.



Name of examAction Research
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleAktionsforskning
Module codeTBTANK20303
Module typeProject
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