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.
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.
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).