A brief introduction to the Master's programme
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 navigate 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.
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:
- medicine, health and welfare
- information technology
- user involvement
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.
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.