Anthropology-based Product Development


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Pass in "Expert Cultures and Responsible Technology (project)” (first semester).

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students who complete this module can:

Learning objectives


  • present theories that shed light on the interplay between product development / product evaluation and selected user groups
  • explain methods and principles for development or evaluation of products
  • present theories and methods for analysis of products' cultural influences
  • identify and explain relevant ethnographic research methods (e.g., narrative method, phenomenological method or grounded theory) of relevance to a specific product development or product evaluation task


  • independently develop and carry out an ethnographic study design that can contribute with knowledge relevant to the development or evaluation of a technological product
  • reflect on the meaning and consequences of own ethnographic study of product development or product evaluation
  • disseminate own and others’ research findings


  • incorporate anthropological analysis through interdisciplinary collaboration in product development or evaluation
  • reflect on issues of product liability and potential ethical dilemmas that arise during product development or implementation.

Type of instruction

The module will be implemented as a problem-based and project-oriented work within the module's overall framework. The project work is supported by one or more supervisors.



Name of examAnthropology-based Product Development
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAre described in the Framework Provisions.

Facts about the module

Danish titleAntropologi baseret produktudvikling
Module codeTBITANK12201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design