TIK9011 – Science and Technology Studies

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Course content

Methods of the social sciences and humanities are increasingly expected to help solve the grand challenges of our time. At the same time, the social sciences are increasingly becoming a research object within STS research. In this PhD course, we will both analyze methods as empirical objects and discuss the methods we ourselves deploy in our research. The lecturers will discuss their own methods, including analysis of digital sources, interviews, and documents.

Recommended reading for interested applicants: Kristin Asdal and Noortje Marres' introduction to the special issue "Performing environmental change: the politics of social science methods" in Environment and Planning A, 2014, 46(9):2055–2064.

The course will engage actively with the participants’ own research interests and methods. You are expected to submit a draft paper in advance of the course.


Application deadline 2015: March 15th.

All applicants must be enrolled in a phd program.

Submit a short letter of motivation (max. 500 words) which includes your institutional affiliation, a description of your research interests, and an abstract for your course paper. Applications may be sent to Hilde Reinertsen. Please submit the letter of motivation as an appendix, preferably in .doc/.docx formats.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Applicants must be enrolled in a phd program, and fullfill the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


This is an intensive course with all activities within one week. In spring 2015:

Requirements for course participation

  • submit and present a course paper
  • attend the entire course week
  • be main commentator of another paper
  • take active part in discussions

The deadline for submitting course papers is April 23. Papers should be 5000-7000 words,  work in progress, not a finished text. Participants are expected to read all draft papers in addition to the course literature. All papers will be pre-circulated. During the course week, students will present their own paper and be the main commentator of another paper together with one of the lecturers.

The Course Paper

You are expected to submit a draft paper in advance of the course. The paper may be a draft analytical chapter/article from the dissertation, but not the introduction or theory/methods chapter alone. The paper must function as a starting point for discussing your working methods – both how you analyze your empirical material and how you write your own texts.The paper should engage explicitly with methodological issues and show how you analyze your empirical material. During the course, all participants will present their own paper and comment upon each other’s work.


  • Kristin Asdal, professor, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Noortje Marres, senior lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  • Ingunn Moser, rector, Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway

Course readings and lecture titles may be downloaded here. Full program will be posted here during the coming weeks.

There is no course fee. All lunches, coffee/tea breaks and one joint dinner included. Travel and accommodation must be covered by participants.


Information is forthcoming.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

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Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)