AANB11076U  Protest, Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution

Volume 2016/2017

This course explores a broad range of counter-political action – i.e. activity aimed at mitigating, sabotaging, undermining or overthrowing established forms of political authority. From striking factory workers to national liberation movements, and from peasant rebellions in the global south, to anarchist movements in major metropoleis, it draws on anthropological, sociological and historical approaches to these phenomena to think about the different ways in which counter-power can be constructed, the types of action it includes and the different goals it tends towards. It asks whether these divers types of action are best thought of as situated on a continuous spectrum or whether they constitute irreducibly different political forms.

Learning Outcome

The final portfolio is expected to demonstrate that the student has developed particular skills (S), knowledge (K) and competencies (C). More specifically, she will be able to:

  • think synthetically about the similarities and differences between different types of counter-political action (C)

  • describe and discuss in broad terms the historical evolution of such action (K)

  • marshall a range of different theoretical approaches to analyse them (S)


BSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

Course literature will be available in Absalon on the course website

The course will consist of 14 three-hour weekly seminars, involving brief lectures, group discussions, presentations, etc.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio exam:
Length: The portfolio exam can be taken individually or in groups of maximum four students. The portfolio exam consists of 3-7 submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must not exceed 30,000 keystrokes for a single student. For groups of two students the maximum is 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students the maximum is 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students the maximum is 50,000 keystrokes.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

1. re-exam:

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

Please note that the re-exam is an essay even for courses, where the ordinary exam is a portfolio 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 description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange and credit

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam Preparation
  • 44
  • Seminar
  • 42
  • Course Preparation
  • 120
  • Total
  • 206