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Techno-Anthropology

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Techno-Anthropology is a two-year Master’s programme of 120 ECTS. Each semester consists of both courses and project work. You will follow courses approximately half of the time; in the remaining time, you will do larger project work in a group.

During the first two semesters, you get an overview of different theoretical approaches to the Science/Technology - Culture/Policy/Society interface. You will get acquainted with STS (Science and Technology Studies), PNS (Post-normal Science), organization theory, and you will get insight into how ethical reflections can entangle concrete cultural settings (Corporate and Scientific Social Responsibility, Research-based Policy Advice, Value Sensitive Design, User-driven Innovation).

You will also gain insight into new technology fields such as Health-, Food-, Bio-, Energy- and Information Technologies. Hence, the first year of the Master’s programme combines applied anthropology and applied ethics with technological innovation and science-based policy advice.

During the second year of the programme, you will conduct a major fieldwork in an organisation that works with science and/or technology (i.e. a company, a political organisation, a consultancy firm, a governmental office, a university abroad). The fieldwork can focus on cultural analysis or be rooted in action research and aim at technological innovation or expert learning.

The last semester is devoted to writing your Master’s thesis. During this semester, you will analyse the empirical material gathered during your ethnographic fieldwork carried out during the third semester. The task is to work with an interdisciplinary problem through independent work. The groups are small – 1-3 persons.

1st Semester

Project

Expert Cultures and Responsible Technology (15 ECTS)

Courses

  • Organisational Culture: Expertise, Responsibility and Innovation (5 ECTS)
  • Responsible and Innovative Knowledge Production (5 ECTS)
  • One elective course (5 ECTS)

2nd Semester

Project

Anthropology-based Product Development (15 ECTS)

Courses

  • Product Development: Value sensitive design, User-driven innovation, Technology-based service or Scientific Advice (5 ECTS)
  • Mapping Controversies (5 ECTS)
  • One elective course (5 ECTS)

3rd Semester

Third semester is devoted to a fieldwork in an organisation that works with science and technology (i.e. a company, a political organisation, a consultancy firm, a governmental office, a university abroad, etc.) You document your field work by means of writing a project.

You can choose to write a project of 30 ECTS or a project of 20 ECTS supplementing with a 10 ECTS course in Reflection and IT Tools Supporting Analysis of Qualitative Empirical Material (The course is only offered if a sufficient number of students sign up for the course).

4th Semester

Master's thesis (30 ECTS)

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.
 

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