Inquiry Project: Ethnographic Fieldwork


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The course module builds upon knowledge acquired in the module Technological Innovation and Design

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purpose of this project module is to conduct ethnographic fieldwork to gain insight into scientific and technological practices within a chosen technology domain, and to liaise ethnographic fieldwork to technological product / process development or testing.

Learning objectives


  • identify methods and theories that support studies of scientific and technological practices
  • explain the methods of ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation and the use of field notes and interviews
  • explain quality criteria of ethnographic methods and anthropological knowledge production


  • plan and carry out ethnographic fieldwork
  • discuss how the project’s fieldwork build upon the student(s)’ own disciplinary background(s)
  • liaise ethnographic fieldwork to technological product / process development or testing
  • liaise ethnographic practice with theoretical insight specific to technological product / process development or testing


  • on the basis of ethnographic methods assess practical problems associated with technological product / process development or testing
  • assess potentials and limitations of various ethnographic approaches, including those related to the validity of ethnographic methods as well as to the ethical dimensions of ethnographic work
  • evaluate how socio-technical/anthropological theories and ethnographic methods can help create new practices in scientific and technological research and development

Type of instruction

Project work, supervisor feedback, seminars, reflection



Name of examInquiry Project: Ethnographic Fieldwork
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleUndersøgelsesprojekt: Etnografisk feltarbejde
Module codeTBITANK18302
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Techno-Anthropology
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design