Problem-based inter-/transdisciplinary Master's programmes: The case of Techno-Anthropology

Børsen, T. (Lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


Aalborg University offers a number of inter- and transdisciplinary Master’s programmes. Interdisciplinary because they combine methods, central concepts and theories from different disciplines. Transdisciplinary because they enroll students with different backgrounds (e.g. with academic and professional bachelor degrees). It is often challenging to start up such Master’s programmes because the students have very different understandings, horizons, study habits, and experiences. On the other hand diversified groups potentially provide possibilities for addressing wicked problems in nuanced ways that mono- or crossdisciplinary approaches do not. This presentation introduces a development
project aiming at using PBL to both steer free of typical challenges without losing the potentials for inter- / transdisciplinary problem-solving. The location of the project is the Master’s programme of Techno-Anthropology in Aalborg and Copenhagen. The session introduces some of the challenges that this Master’s program faces, it presents ideas for how
these challenges might be addressed, and then turns to the audience for 1. critical (but hopefully constructive) discussions of the problem analysis, and 2. Inspiration for how to manage these problems in ways new to the Techno-Anthropology faculty members.
Period3 May 2017
Event titleUniversity Teaching Day 2017: Campus Copenhagen -- Current practices, future directions
Event typeConference
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionLocal