AANB05023U  Introduction to Anthropology

Volume 2017/2018
Content

Anthropology is the study of social and cultural life. Whether looking at child soldiers in West Africa, business tycoons in New York or heroin pushers in Lisbon, anthropologists investigate how people understand and act in their social worlds. We illuminate the world from the inside and show how social formations are shaped and sustained, questioned and conflicted.

This course will introduce students to anthropology. The basic concepts of anthropology will be taught through immersion into specific case studies from around the world. It will illuminate the different approaches that anthropologists use in order to understand other cultures and societies, and dwell on the theoretical and analytical insights that the subject has yielded. Dealing qualitatively with issues such as globalisation, integration, youth, power, poverty and politics the course will provide students with knowledge of an increasingly important subject and supply them with novel perspectives on some of the key processes and pressing problems and dilemmas of the current world.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • Identify central themes in current anthropological research

 

Skills

  • Show an understanding of the general anthropological perspective

  • Reflect upon the strengths and limitations of key concepts and perspectives

 

Competences

  • Describe and debate central arguments and concepts in anthropological research

  • Use anthropological concepts and perspectives to comment on social processes and problems

To be announced.

As part of the course you must submit a 5.400-6.600 keystroke reading response to an anthropological monograph chosen by the lecturer. Written feedback is given on this paper.
Combination of lectures, seminar discussions, work in groups and student presentations.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 14 days
The written exam consist of the written assignment (reading response) that was handed in during the course, as well as the final essay, where you have to address a question given to you by the lecturer. The length of the reading response is 5.400-6.600 keystrokes. The length of the essay must be min. 18.000 - to max. 22.000 keystrokes.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Re-exam

1. re-exam:

A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date. The students must sign up for the 1. re-exam. 

2. re-exam:

A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date next semester. The students must sign up for the 2. re-exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See descriptions of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange and credit

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Seminar
  • 48
  • Class Exercises
  • 8
  • Preparation
  • 224
  • Study Groups
  • 14
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • Exam
  • 74
  • Exam Preparation
  • 24
  • Total
  • 420