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Open master course in the mapping of knowledge controversies with digital methods

From June 7th-25th 2010, the Technical University of Denmark offers a 5 ECTS course with the title Mapping Controversies.

I plan to be there. As the course objectives state:

"Contemporary democracy frequently finds itself confronted with highly unstable forms of knowledge around which there exists no clear guide. Controversies rooted in the techno-polical entanglements of science and society seem increasingly resillient to conventional political process and cannot simply be settled by 'the facts'.

How do we handle and engage with complex knowledge controversies? And what new forms of 'democratic equipment' might be of use in that enterprise? The course enables students to make practical use of a series of new web-based research tools and map out complex controversial issues in an easily accessible manner."


“Mapping Controversies” was first taught by Bruno Latour at the École des Mines in Paris and has been jointly developed as an online programme involving Science Po, MIT, Oxford University, the University of Manchester, the Ècole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne and the University of Amsterdam. Each of these institutions teaches its own version of the course to a diverse mix of students ranging from environmental and political scientists to architects and engineers.

A further description of the Technical University’s version of the course can be found on the DASTS website.

Students from all Danish Universities are welcome to register as guest students before May 15th.
It seems most interesting and hopefully fruitful to use this method to map out the controversies of economic knowledge and policy making in general - and taxation (fiscal sociology) in particular, since that is my area of specialization at my current internship in the parliament.