You work theoretically and empirically on how such collaborations can be turned into sustainable technological innovation and responsible decision-making regarding new technologies. You also use anthropological theory and methods to study how technology is used, and how it influences users.
In other words, Techno-Anthropology is for the person who wants to make a difference globally by contributing to the development of sustainable and ethical, new technologies by applying the theories and methods of anthropology, and who wants to study and influence the development, decision-making and uses of science and technology.
The Aalborg University's programme presents students with theoretical accounts of knowledge production, user-driven innovation, expert cultures and social responsibility. It combines sustainable and responsible technological innovation with competence in carrying out anthropological studies of new technology as well as of the experts who develop cutting edge technology.
Students completing the MSc programme in Techno-Anthropology are able to analyse and understand expert technology cultures and to facilitate and promote this understanding outside of the expert culture.
As a techno-anthropologist, you can combine technological knowledge with cultural understanding. This enables you to address cross-disciplinary problems as described below. Graduates who possess such skills are in high demand, and they have numerous possible career paths - both in companies, NGOs and different authorities.
As a graduate you will:
You can help bridge the gap between different cultures in connection with for instance international collaboration regarding technological projects or in connection with analysis of international segments e.g. project development or marketing
You can work as a project manager facilitating the relation between technicians and different users for instance in connection with the development of design concepts and new technological prototypes
You can conduct analyses concerning the need for and the distribution of knowledge within the fields of culture and technology within an organisation or in collaboration with a company's external partners
As a techno-anthropologist, you can work with technology and humans in situations demanding profound insight into the developement and distribution of technological solutions in an ethically acceptable way.
Within the field of marketing, you can facilitate the collaboration between the knowledge-producing and the communicating units within a company, for instance in connection with innovative and creative processes or development and marketing of new technological products or solutions.
Techno-Anthropology is a two-year Masters 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 gain 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 Masters 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 Masters 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.
Expert Cultures and Sustainable Technology
The Anthropology of the Product
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.).
Traineeship / study abroad
The entire programme is organised in close collaboration with the outside world in the form of project work, cases, fieldwork, guest lecturers from abroad, and visits at and from companies and organisations. During the Masters programme, you will accomplish one semester by studying in a company, an organization, or at another university. A stay abroad or work within an organisation or a company is an integral part of the programme.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
The following bachelor programmes give access to the Master's programme in Techno-Anthropology:
Applicants with equivalent Danish or foreign education at the same level can be accepted based on the study committee’s individual assessment. If your bachelor programme does not directly qualify you, the International Office will forward the application to the relevant study board for approval.
Please make sure you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.
Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:
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