Techno-Anthropological Problems and Theories


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • present and explain different anthropological, sociological and philosophical theories relevant for analysis and discussion of cases regarding the development of robust and socially responsible technology
  • explain how discourses, institutions and professions have historically shaped the conceptual landscape of robust and socially responsible technological innovation
  • describe the development processes in organisations, including central concepts as expertise, expert culture, power, ethics, responsibility, public understanding and design as an integral part of technology development


  • analyse and evaluate cases dealing with robust and socially responsible technological innovation
  • identify the problems, challenges and controversies in cases regarding technological innovation, development, implementation, assessment and use
  • apply socio-technical theories in order to analyse emergent and controversial technological problems


  • transfer knowledge and skills achieved in the module to suggest or discuss the opportunities for development of robust and socially responsible technological solutions

Type of instruction

Lectures, classroom instructions, exercises, seminars, case analysis, teacher feedback, reflection.



Name of examTechno-Anthropological Problems and Theories
Type of exam
Oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeknoantropologiske problemer og teorier
Module codeTBITANK18103
Module typeCourse
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