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Techno-Anthropology, Master

Techno-Anthropology

Do you want to take part in creating a responsible future with technology?

There is a lot of knowledge about human beings and how we interact with each other. But we are lacking knowledge of our interaction with technology - and how humans and technology mutually affect each other. As a Techno-Anthropologist, you will take part in creating this knowledge - thereby ensuring a future with responsible use of technology.

This study programme is for students with a bachelor degree in Techno-Antropology, in engineering or social sciences or a professional bachelor's degree within health science, e.g. nurses, midwives etc.

Free e-course: Is the Master in Techno-Anthropology the right choice for you?

Our free e-course will introduce you to some of the key theoretical and methodological topics of the study programme. The course is especially designed for students who do not have a bachelor in Techno-Anthropology.

The course is organised in an introduction and 7 modules. Each module includes mandatory academic literature, video-lectures as well as quizzes and writing exercises. You should expect to spend 6 hours per week for 3 weeks in order to complete the course.

In the end, you will have all the tools to formulate a motivation letter to become eligible to the Master´s program in Techno-Anthropology.

To enrol in the course, please send an e-mail to Introt-a@plan.aau.dk with the subject Enrol me. Next, you will receive a link to the course and further instructions.

If you have questions regarding the e-course, please contact Jorge Contreras jicc@plan.aau.dk

Learn to navigate complex socio-technical problems

The M.Sc. in Techno-Anthropology offers you a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and competences in working with technology across a wide range of activities such as technology assessment, technology innovation, technology-driven change, technology use and technology ethics. As a student in the Master's programme in Techno-Anthropology, you learn to work in and handle complex socio-technical problems with multiple stakeholders. This includes:

  • Applying Techno-Anthropological methods to gain insights into a technology domain’s key processes
  • Identifying drivers and barriers for responsible and sustainable technology innovation
  • Applying socio-technical theories to analyse emergent and controversial technological problems
  • Planning, facilitating and organising technological innovation and change processes
  • Facilitating multi-stakeholders’ participation in technological innovation
  • Performing ethical assessments in socio-technical configurations
  • The possibility of doing a problem-based project in an external organisation in Denmark or abroad
  • Facilitating participation in action research processes and in responsible technological innovation; experimenting with emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts
  • Evaluating how socio-technical theories and ethnographic methods can create new practises in scientific and technological research and development
  • Developing digital method skills to map and visualise online debates

During the studies in Techno-Anthropology, you combine in-depth studies of technological innovation and change with anthropological approaches. This provides you with competencies in analysing, facilitating, and assessing innovation of emerging technology at various levels from human-technological interaction, to institutional levels, societal- and global understandings of how technology shapes and is shaped in our world.

WHY TECHNO-ANTHROPOLOGY?

Modern organisations are focused on solving problems and producing new interdisciplinary knowledge. Technology plays an essential role in the challenges they face, e.g. robust institutional digitalisation efforts which require a synthesis of knowledge from different disciplines (i.e., user experience, information technology, ethics, management).

Such complex problems should not be examined from neither a purely technical nor a social scientific point of view, but from a balanced approach taking into account different perspectives. Techno-Anthropology is a programme that offers different perspectives and approaches towards responsible technological innovation and change. This is done by offering theories, methods and action tools that prepare you to act as a mediator, facilitator or change agent in organizations lacking this expertise.

Techno-Anthropologists are focused on contributing to raising awareness, managing, and solving complex socio-technical problems with multiple stakeholders from private, public and civil organisations in different professional areas, such as:

  • information technology
  • medicine, health and welfare
  • user involvement
  • sustainability

As you work in groups during the programme, you learn and experience:  

  • cutting-edge technologies
  • interdisciplinary knowledge production
  • user-driven technological innovation
  • technical expert cultures
  • responsible research and technological innovation
  • collaboration, facilitation and project management skills
  • digital ethnographic methods

Graduating from the programme, you will be able to facilitate and stage technological innovation and change by integrating multi-stakeholder perspectives.

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PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.

TEAMWORK

When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.

COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.

YOUR TEACHER is a RESEARCHer

At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.

STUDent life IN aalborg or COPENHAGEN

This programme is offered at our campusses in Aalborg as well as Copenhagen. Learn more about student life in Aalborg and  student life in Copenhagen.

Facts About the Programme

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

learn more about Pbl at aau