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Kursusnavn (dansk):Environmental Networks 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Environmental Networks 
Semester:Efterår 2013 
Udbydes, digital design og kommunikation (ddk) 
Omfang i ECTS:15,00 
Min. antal deltagere:12 
Forventet antal deltagere:
Maks. antal deltagere:
Formelle forudsætninger:This course is the second part of the specialization 'Green Society and Technology.

In order to participate in this course you must have attended the first part of the specialization in Green Society and Technology: the course Green Society.

Læringsmål:After the course the student should be able to:

Identify research questions relevant to the study of environmental networks.

Design a fieldwork and generate ethnographic data using the data collections techniques that were introduced at the course.

Analyze the data by means of situational analysis approaches

Identify results and present them to relevant stakeholders.

Analyze relations between experienced methodological challenges and concerns presented in the literature and reflect on them in a final written report.

Develop ideas and analytic frameworks for working creatively and imaginatively at the intersection of society, technology, and the environment. 
Fagligt indhold:Specialisation 'Green Society & Technology' (Part 2)
We live in a social and technical world that is inseparable from nature and the environment. Society and technology both effect, and are effected by, climate change, low carbon legislation, renewable energy targets, global manufacturing, and the demands and dreams for environmental sustainability

This course is part of the specialisation in 'Green Society & Technology', which is focused on the complex relationship between environment, green society and technology. The specialisation will provide students with an understanding of how energy systems also include the environment, organizations, and technologies. For example, energy systems rely on not just infrastructures but also NGOs who are concerned with their global impact. Energy systems also include hardware and software, from intelligent smart grids to green apps on a smartphone, all of which are parts of both the technical system and a green society.

Course ‘Environmental Networks' Introduction
This course develops students’ methodological expertise when engaging with environmental networks. It includes an introduction to basic ethnographic data collection techniques (interviews, participant observation, virtual ethnography and document analysis) and teaches students how to analyze ethnographic materials by means of situational analysis.

An important part of the course will be to explore the methodological consequences of the literature and analytic tools presented in the first course and to critically apply these tools as part of an ethnographic study of environmental networks.

Thus, the main part of the course will be a fieldwork period where students will find a practical problem or fieldsite, related to the issue of Green Society & Technology, which they can address, based on the methods they have learned. Their empirical project work will thus be on particular environmental networks, the processes through which they are formed, and the actors involved.

This course is linked to ongoing leading research at the IT University on social studies of technology and the environment (see the Energy Futures research cluster). The course draws on ideas in Science & Technology Studies (STS), Design Anthropology, Anthropology of Technology, and Sociology of the Environment. It will be supported by guest lecturers, from other universities and industry, who are actively working in this field. 

The course is structured around seminar discussions and workshops, which will explore and engage new methodological tools each week. Central in the seminars and workshops will be discussions and design of the fieldwork project to be carried out by the students during the course. 

Obligatoriske aktivititer:There are two mandatory activities that must be completed in order to be entered for the exam:

Students must submit an outline / design and time plan for their fieldwork project mid-way through the course.

Students are required to run a research seminar (including oral presentation) in order to be eligible for the final exam. 
Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:X. experimental examination form (7-scale; external exam), 7-trins-skala, Ekstern censur

Exam description
The course will be examined by an individual report reflecting the empirical work, the results of the analysis, as well as methodological insights required during the individual fieldwork projects.

The report hand-in will be followed by an oral exam of 30 minutes of duration, held on January 9, 2014.
The oral exam will be based on the hand-in, and can be supplemented by literature from the course/specialization syllabus.

In addition to the written report, the hand-in can consist of a production sustaining some state of the research process (data generation, analysis or presentation).

Submission of report
You must submit 3 copies of your individual final report to Student Affairs and Programmes in 3A40/3A42 by 14.00 on December 11 2013. The Exam Office is extremely strict. It will not accept reports handed in later than 14:00 precisely. You must hand in on time. The Exam Office also does not make extra copies for you, so make sure you have the required 3 copies ready.
Failure to submit correct number of copies, in the right format, and on time will mean you will lose an examination attempt.

Report Format
The length of the report should be 44.000 characters (+/- 10 %) - around 20 standard pages. Approximately 2.200 characters per page, excluding references and any appendices. The report must include the IT-University standard cover page.
Students can choose to make a production (model, installation, photo series, model of analysis, video clips, blog… other kind of (re-presentation)) as part of the final report. Production will reduce the page limits in the range of 20% to 30% of the above limits. The exact size of this reduction will be discussed and decided between the student and the course teacher for each individual report.
The production – or a synopsis and photos of the same (in case the format does not permit hand-in) - should be handed in with the report.

Grading is based on external examination (D22) of your final report and an oral exam. Your final grade will be decided and communicated immediately after your oral exams. Your exam result will be found by signing in to MitITU.

The aim of the final report is to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the learning objectives for the ‘Environmental Networks’ course. See the coursebase ‘Learning Outcomes’ for details of these.

There will be individual supervision on a draft of your final examined report on Wednesday 20 November. You will be able to sign up for supervision.

Content of the report
The report should pose and answer relevant research questions concerning a ‘Green Society & Technology’ issue, demonstrating use of the course tools and concepts to conduct a fieldwork and analysis and answer the questions.
Your analysis and arguments must be supported by appropriate ethnographic evidence (e.g. interview quotations, documentary evidence, fieldnotes). It must reference both the syllabus and other relevant academic literature.
The report must contain the following components. However, there is no requirement for the formal structure of the report.

1. It must specify a focused problem statement and research question (and possible subquestions) that you will analyse and answer using the tools from the course.

2. It must define a specific research object that you are exploring or ‘unpacking’.This should include background information on the issue e.g. What are the key social and technical actors involved? What is the issue about? How are you situated with respect tothe issue? What is beyond the scope of this research?

3. It must briefly explain the relevance of the research to the course e.g. you must be explicit in how it relates to a social study of the environment and green society.

4. It must explain your field delimitation and method for
a. choosing your ethnographic data, and how you gathered it.
b. choosing your conceptual and analytic tools (make sure you explain the concepts and tools from the syllabus in your own words)

5. Most importantly, you must analyse your ethnographic data using the conceptual tools.The analysis is the central focus of the report, in which you address and answer the research question through a carefully reasoned argument supported by empirical evidence and guided by your analytical approach. This section should form the substantial part of the report.

6. It must draw a set of conclusions from your analysis (e.g. what do we learn from applying your analytical approach to the research object? What insights have been gained? How has the question been answered? What further research might be useful?).

7. In case you choose to do a production as part of your report, the report should contain a short description of this production and an elaboration of how this production is integrated into your research project (as part of the ethnographic process, of analysis or of presenting the results).  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Neyland, D. (2008). Organizational Ethnography. Los Angeles; London: SAGE

Beaulieu, Anne (2010). “From Co-Location to Co-Presence: Shifts in the Use of Ethnography for the Study of Knowledge”, Social Studies of Science, 40(3), pp. 453-470.

Clarke, A. (2005). Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory after the Postmodern Turn. Thousand Oaks, Calif, London: Sage, introduction, prologue + kap 1-3.

Law, John (2004). After Method: Mess in Social Science Research. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 1-67.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2010) Asymmetries of Knowledge: Mediated Ethnography and ICT for Development

Lee, Jo and Tim Ingold (2006). ‘Fieldwork on Foot: Perceiving, Routing, Socialising’. Locating the Field: Space, Place and Context in Anthropology. S. Coleman and P. Collins. Oxford: ASA Monograph, Berg, pp 67 - 85

Dyck, Noel (2000). “Home field advantage?: Exploring the social construction of children’s sports”, in: Amit, Vered Constructing the field: Ethnographic work in the contemporary world, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 32-53. 
Følgende personer underviser på kurset:
NavnStillingUndervisertypeIndsats (%)
Astrid Andersen Ekstern lektor(ITU) Kursusansvarlig 100

Afholdelse (tid og sted)
Kurset afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
Onsdag 08.00-09.50 Forelæsning ITU 4A14
Onsdag 10.00-11.50 Øvelser ITU 4A14
Fredag 12.00-13.50 Forelæsning ITU 2A12
Fredag 14.00-15.50 Øvelser ITU 2A12

Eksamen afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
2013-12-11 No later than 2PM Skriftlige arbejder ITU Student Affairs and Progammes
2014-01-09 contact course manager Mundtlig eksamen ITU 2A50