SANT2026 - The Anthropology of Technology


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 50/100 4 hours E
Portfolio 50/100

Course content

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology? In this course you will get a theoretical and practical introduction to the anthropology of technology, with an emphasis on exploring concrete technologies in different contexts. Relevant examples are advanced technologies for representation and communication, technologies of production, gene technologies and technologies of re-production. In this way, questions about how technology is part of human relationships is raised: in how humans understand reality, in the deep structures of society, and in how technology gives and has given new development opportunities and dreams of the future.

Learning outcome

You will understand technology as artefact, as a field of knowledge and as a worldview. Based on this you will be able to conduct anthropological analyses on technology in the social, where constructive-critical reflection and precise argumentation is emphasized. In order to actualize research questions, theory and method discussions teaching activities will be conducted in relevant technological contexts. By participant observation, you will be encouraged to reflect upon your encounters with technology, which will enhance understanding regardless of how comfortable you are with modern technology. You will work with and in a technological environment, and this course seeks to provide both theoretical and practical relevant learning outcomes.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is structured as lectures and seminars where the students will enter different technological settings and conduct technology-anthropological analyses. Parts of the teaching will include experimenting with emerging technologies within teaching and research. There will be Norwegian and international guest lecturers from relevant sectors of industry and research milieus.

Please note that mandatory activities and lectures may start prior to the registration deadline.

Mandatory activity

The mandatory activity in this course is a mini field work. The mandatory activity will be assessed as approved or not approved. The mandatory activity has to be approved in order to qualify for the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Minifeltarbeid

Further on evaluation

The examination consists of two parts: a 4 hour written exam (50%) and a portfolio exam (50%). The content of the portfolio will be announced at the beginning of the semester. The exam can be written in Norwegian, English or another Scandinavian language.

Retake exam

It is possible to retake the exam. The school exam is offered both semesters, but it is only possible to submit the portfolio the semester the course is taught.

The mandatory activities can only be taken in the semester the course is taught, so in order to retake the exam at a different semester, your assignments must be approved.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SANT2020 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Anthropology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Anthropology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 50/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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