Welcome to Theories of Science

Description: The aim of this course is for the doctoral student to reach an understanding of some main positions within Theories of Science, with a particular reference to the natural sciences, technology and mathematics and their interplay in what can be referred to as techno-science. The end goal is that course participants will increase their level of reflexivity of themselves as ‘knowledge producers’. The course takes its point of departure in philosophic and epistemological positions within philosophy of science. A particular attention will be directed towards the social and economic conditions under which knowledge is produced and codified, and how this knowledge production interacts with the domain of sciences, technology and mathematics. This includes a historical overview of the transit from a conception of science to a conception of techno-science and the identification of new modes for knowledge production. Course participants will receive a list of literature for the course and during the course more material will be presented and discussed. The course participants are expected to actively participate in the course activities in the form of presentations, group discussions etc.

Organizer: Associate Professor Ole Ravn, Aalborg University e-mail: orc@learning.aau.dk

Lecturers:

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 22 - 24 March 2017

Place:  Fibigerstræde 10, room Fib 10/0-09

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 36

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to An Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Description: As the study of many scientific, technological and educational processes touches upon human beings and society, qualitative research methods are important tools for approaching the understanding and interpretation of these phenomena. Although reseaching qualities is part of the way in which different natural sciences and fields of engineering address some of their objects of study, the dominance of quantitative methods is dominant in these fields. The qualitative research methodologies addressed in this course are rooted in the traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The palette of qualitative methodologies is broad and its uses are varied in diverse fields of research. The course is specially designed for students in the first year of their studies. The course is suitable for students whose project is at the intersection of sciences and technology, and the human/social fields as the object of study and concern involves people and their relation with science and technology.

The course aims at: Offering an overview of the main assumptions and issues at stake when carrying qualitative research. Providing a frame for discussing the students’ own methodological design. Providing feedback on students’ problems and necessities regarding their methodological design when involving qualitative research methods.

 

Organizer: Professor Lars Bo Henriksen, email: lbh@plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Lars Bo Henriksen, Professor Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Associate Professor Lone Stub Petersen

ECTS: 3

Time: 23-25  August 2017

Place: Niels Jernes Vej 14, room Njv 14/3-119

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 2 August 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Design Research – Epistemologies and Methods

Description: This PhD course aim to provide a profound understanding amongst the participants with respect to how their project is located within various positions and schools of thought. The course focuses in particular on the two levels of epistemology and method providing insight into philosophy of science as well as specific issues of methodology. The underpinning idea is to get participants to understand how the way they produce new knowledge within design research is related to the research design and the methods applied. The course will both provide a general level of knowledge about theories of science and relevant methods, as well as it will put focus on experimental, pragmatic and empirical research with end user experience as the pivotal theme.

Prerequisites: Enrollment as PhD student under the Doctoral School of Engineering but open for all regardless of discipline.

Learning objectives: The course participants will obtain knowledge about general issues and schools of thought within design research epistemology and method. The course participants will obtain competences in identifying their research project in relation to its epistemological context. The course participants will develop skills in analyzing and reflecting over the relation between epistemology and method within their research project.

Teaching methods: The course is divided into lectures on epistemology and methodology, participant's research project presentation, and plenary discussions.

Criteria for assessment: Participants are expected to read a modest amount of literature before the course, present their projects with specific emphasis on epistemology and methodology (research design), be actively participating in discussions during the course, and post-course submission of a written essay assignment (in case of the 5 ECTS option).

Readings (A = primary readings to be read in advance of the course, B = secondary readings for inspiration)

A Readings

  • Delanty, G. & P. Strydon (eds.) (2003) Philosophies of Social Science. The Classic and contemporary readings, Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp. 1-12
  • Jensen, O. B. (2010) Design research and knowledge – introduction to Design Research Epistemologies, in Jensen, O. B. (Ed.) (2010) Design Research Epistemologies I – Research in Architectural Design, Aalborg: Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, pp. 7-20
  • Jensen, O. B. & D. B. Lanng (2016) Mobilities Design, Routledge: London (Chapter 2)
  • Lawson, B. (2004) What designers know, London: Architectural Press, pp. 1-20
  • Naisbitt, K. (1996) Introduction, in Nesbitt, K. (ed.) (1996) Theorizing A New Agenda for Architecture Theory. An anthology of Architectural Theory 1965-1995, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 16-70
  • Yaneva, A. (2005) Scaling Up and Down: Extraction Trials in Architectural Design, Social Studies of Science, 35/6, December 2005, 867-894
  • Yaneva, A. (2009) Making the social hold: Towards an Actor-Network Theory of Design, Design and Culture, Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp. 273-388

B Readings

  • Bærenholdt, J. O., M. Büscher, J. D. Scheuer & J. Simonsen (2010) Perspectives on Design Research, in Simonsen, J., J. O. Bærenholdt, M. Büscher, J. D. Scheuer (Eds.) (2010) Design Research. Synergies from interdisciplinary perspectives, London: Routledge, pp. 1-15
  • Degen, M., G. Rose & B. Basdas (2010) Bodies and everyday practices in designed urban environments Science Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 60-76
  • Delanty, G. & P. Strydon (eds.) (2003) Philosophies of Social Science. The Classic and contemporary readings, Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp. 1-12 (A), 13-25, 85-98, 207-218, 321-330, and 365-383
  • Fallan, K. (2010) Design History. Understanding Theory and Method, Oxford: Berg, pp. 55-104 and 105-144
  • Gänshirt, C. (2007) Tools for Ideas. An Introduction to Architectural Design, Basel: Birkhäuser, pp. 9-20
  • Jensen, O. B. (2014) Designing Mobilities, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, pp. 38-53
  • Latour, B. & A. Yaneva (2008) "Give me a gun and I will make all buildings move": An ANT's vies of Architecture, in Geiser, R. (Ed.) (2008) Explorations in Architecture: Teaching, Design, Research, Basel: Birkhäuser, pp. 80-89
  • Murphy, K. M & G. E. Marcus (2013) Epilogue: Ethnography and Design, Ethnography in Design …  Ethnography by Design, in W. Gunn, T. Otto & R. C. Smith (Eds.) (2013) Design Anthropology. Theory & Practice, London: Bloomsbury, pp. 251-268
  • Otto, T. & R. C. Smith (2013) Design Anthropology: A Distinct Style of Knowing, in W. Gunn, T. Otto & R. C. Smith (Eds.) (2013) Design Anthropology. Theory & Practice, London: Bloomsbury, pp. 1-29

Organizer and lecturer: Professor Ole B. Jensen, AD:MT, AAU mail: obje@create.aau.dk

ECTS: 3 ECTS + 2 if an assignment of 10-20 normal pages is submitted

Time: 24-26 April, 2017

Place: Rendsburggade 14, room Rdb 14.3/3.465 

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 5 April 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Ethics and Social Responsibilities for Scientists and Engineers in the 21st Century

 

Description: The course addresses ethical dilemmas that researchers might face in turbulent times, where clear-cut distinctions between pure and applied science can no longer be upheld, and try to create a space where the participating PhD students can qualify their reflections on their role as young researchers by drawing on philosophical, sociological, and ethical perspectives in analyzing possibilities and problems of contemporary science, engineering and technology. During the course the participants are asked to ethically analyze their own PhD projects, and present their analyses. To facilitate the ethical analyses of PhD projects a number of topical case-studies and relevant analytical tools are presented.

You will find all course information here on Moodle. You will find the texts and the tasks for each day in one folder.

The course is designed so that each day is split up into two sessions: One before lunch and one after. Usually a session begins with a lecture (90 minutes, including breaks) followed by discussions or group work.

During the last session on the third day participants are kindly asked to do a PP presentation on ethical issues in their Ph.D. project (duration: no more than 15 minutes). We will use the group work and discussions during the first two days to qualify your presentation. It is, however a good idea, to begin reflecting on ethical issues in your project when you read the course material.

Reading the text material connected to the lectures, and preparing a PP presentation on ethical aspects of your Ph.D. project, are mandatory activities for all participants.

I hope you will have some enlightening and reflective days.

Best Regards Tom Børsen, Course director. E: boersen@plan.aau.dk

Organizer: Associate Professor Tom Børsen

Lecturers: Klavs Birkholm birkholm@plan.aau.dk

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 6-8 December 2017

Place:  Aalborg Univeristy, 2450 Copenhagen. Frederikskaj 10A, room Fkj 10A(D)/3.132

 Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 15 November 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Interaction Design Research: A Human Centered Approach to Design

Description: The PhD course will enable participants to research, analyse, prototype, evaluate and re-design considering the whole system within its social, critical and cultural contexts of use. Participants will be introduced to practice-based theories of expert practitioners and leading figures in the field with case studies of their work. Working in teams, the participants will then have the opportunity to implement and adapt these practical methods into their own projects. The course is highly collaborative integrating hands–on prototyping and testing with basic research and testing techniques, into every stage of the design and interaction design process. Participants will create rapid prototypes, developed, iterated and presented on a session by sesson basis via a hands-on, studio-based set of exercises that address human-centered concept exploration, implementation, evaluation and redesign.

Organizer and lecturer: Lector Ann Morrison, e-mail: morrison@create.aau.dk

ECTS: 3 ECTS but can be 5 ECTS if students make a  post-course submission of a written essay assignment

Time: 13 - 16 March 2017

Place: Fredriks Bajers Vej 7E, Frb 7E/3-209

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 20 February 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Engaging with Society

 

Description: Aalborg University is fundamentally about applying research in service for the society. Quoting the AAU research strategy:

The Aalborg University research strategy can be expressed in four words: "From research to change".

This course is devoted to PhD researchers having a cross-disciplinary or natural-technical basis, and we want to create a room for reflection of own practice.

This course is devoted to PhD researchers having a cross-disciplinary or natural-technical basis, and we want to create a room for reflection of own practice.

Being applied have implications for the need for interaction, and the aim of the course is to set focus on the importance of the researcher and of the theory use for the research. Therefore, the participants will be asked to bring own their research to foster reflections that can feed into research practise.

The course is a combination of workshop sessions divided by inspirational presentations from researchers giving perspectives nurturing the reflections.

In the course, we will focus at how the research approach influences the change-implications of the research, elucidate possibilities for change agency and critically reflect upon how different research approaches can be utilized to examine the research topic.

Programme:

(sufficient breaks and coffee is mixed into the timeslots)

Wednesday:

9-10              Welcome & participant-introductions

10-10:30       Applied research: What, why & how + context & society (Søren Løkke)

10:30-12       Research Mode 1, 2, & 3 (Lone Kørnøv)

12-13            Lunch

13-13:45       Reflection assignment: ‘Linking your research and society’

 

14 – 16:00     Workshop session: ‘Characterizing and reflection upon your research’ (fellow-interviews and preparation of presentation)

 

Thursday:

9-11               Engagement and innovation (Søren Løkke)

                      Research impact (Lone Kørnøv)

11-12             Presentation of engagement reflections of project & Feedback (all)

12-13             Lunch

13-16             Presentation of engagement reflections of project & Feedback (all, cont.)

 

Friday:

9 – 12            Change processes; of choice of method and theory when doing applied research (Lars Bo Henriksen)

                      Change Cases (Lars Bo)

                      Workshop: choice of method and theory (Lars Bo, Lone, Søren)

12-13             Lunch

13 – 14          Re-visiting your project reflection

14-14:30        Round up and closing (Søren)

Organizer: Søren Løkke (Dept for Planning & Development) 
Lecturers: Søren Løkke, Lone Kørnøv, Lars Bo Henriksen. 

ECTS: 3

Time: 1-3 November 2017

Place: 
1+3 NovemberRendsburggade 14, room Rdb 14.4/4.513    
    2 November: Rendsburggade 14, room Rdb 14 4/4.517

City: 9000 Aalborg

Number of seats: 14

Deadline: 11 October 2017

Prerequisites: None

Learning objectives: To gain a thorough understanding of the implications of approach and method for the change agency potentials and impacts of research.

Teaching methods: The course uses a combination of independent study of the provided reading material before coming to the course, lectures and open discussion and group work. The course will feed in to the participant’s paper writing.

Criteria for assessment: Participation in the course.

Mandatory reading: 

Gibbons M. 1997, 1997 Beanland Lecture: What Kind of University? Research and Teaching in the 21st Century. Melbourne: Victoria University of Technology.

Kørnøv, L., Lyhne, I., Larsen, S.V. & Hansen, A.M. 2011, "Change agents in the field of strategic environmental assessment: What does it involve and what potentials does it have for research and practice?", Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 203-228.

Norton, S. 2015. Creating research impact: the roles of research users in interactive research mobilization in Evidence & Policy, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 35-55.

Kurek, K., Geurts, P.A.T.M. & Roosendaal, H.E. 2007, "The research entrepreneur: Strategic positioning of the researcher in his societal environment", Science and Public Policy, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 501-513.

 

Non-mandatory reading:

Jamison, A. 2013, The making of green engineers: Sustainable development and the hybrid imagination.

Nowotny, H, P Scott and M Gibbons. 2003. INTRODUCTION. ‘Mode 2’ Revisited: In The New Production of Knowledge. Minerva 41: 179–194, Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.

Pedersen, Budtz David. 2017. Impact. Redskaber og metoder til måling af forskningens gennemslagskraft. Danish Council for independent research. https://ufm.dk/publikationer/2017/impact-redskaber-og-metoder-til-maling-af-forskningens-gennemslagskraft

 

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.