Ethnographic Methods


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • explain selected anthropological and cultural theories as a basis for empirical studies of technology and culture.
  • present exemplary cases of techno-anthropological field studies
  • explain ethnographic fieldwork as a mode of knowledge production


  • compare methodological approaches within anthropology and ethnography
  • conduct qualitative interviews and use different schemes for transcription and coding
  • plan and carry out participant observation
  • apply anthropological and cultural theories to reflect on and analyze cases and empirical material


  • choose and justify the relevance of qualitative data collection methods in relation to a study of technology
  • discuss and account for analytical opportunities and challenges in relation to social and cultural analysis of cases of scientific or technological development processes.

Type of instruction

Lectures, classroom instructions, exercises, seminars, case analysis, teacher feedback, reflection or project-oriented study group.



Name of examEthnographic Methods
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 titleEtnografiske metoder
Module codeTBTANK20104
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
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