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
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology, Sustainable Design and Integrated Food studies
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design