Digital Worlds in Anthropological Analysis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Use a combination of digital methods (data harvesting, computational analysis and visualization) and online ethnography to map e.g. debates, user cultures, public protest, etc. around new technologies. This module is anchored in the Research group of Techno-Anthropology and Participation, Department of Planning.  

Learning objectives


  • describe recent developments in the use of ethnographic, digital and computational methods for anthropological analysis. 
  • outline positions within anthropology and philosophy of sciences with relevance to the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in ethnography. 
  • explain possibilities and challenges in relation to integrating digital methods in the tradition of anthropological fieldwork. 


  • integrate ethnographic, digital and computer-mediated methods in a concrete anthropological project design. 
  • carry out fieldwork using online and offline methods to generate a body of data material for techno-anthropological analysis. 
  • explicate, demonstrate and discuss the assumptions and biases in the analogue and digital techniques used. 
  • identify ethical challenges in relation to working with digital and computational methods in an anthropological context. 


  • formulate a research question and design a protocol that specifies how a combination of digital, computational and qualitative methods can be used to answer it. 
  • code and analyze a complex body of empirical data. 
  • conduct a critical evaluation of the role that digital and computational methods can – and cannot – play in anthropological fieldwork. 
  • evaluate how techno-anthropological theories and different methods can help create new practices in technological research and development. 

Type of instruction

Project module. Please refer to §17 of the curriculum about the structure and content of the programme.



Name of examDigital Worlds in Anthropological Analysis
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleDigitale verdener i antropologisk analyse
Module codeTBTANK22303
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen, Campus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design