AANB11077U The Politics of Masculinity and Violence

Volume 2016/2017

This course explores the relationship between masculinity and violence. Presenting a variety of cases - ranging from military battlefields, indigenous headhunting raids, high schools and the urban nightlife - different forms of masculinity will be examined in order to understand the intersection of masculinity and violence in its cultural perception – as well as in its concrete manifestation. With reference to such ethnographic cases, the course critically examines the way notions of masculinity are shaped in current Western debates on masculinity.

The course has three main aims: we will cover key themes in the anthropological literature on masculinity and violence. We will explore these ethnographic cases through different theoretical concepts - especially transgression and dehumanization. Finally, will apply these cases and concepts as ethnographic ‘prisms’ through which we will critically address current, public debates on masculinity.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course the students should be able to identify and formulate central anthropological questions within the subject of masculinity and violence and critically discuss concepts and theories related to the subject. They are also expected to be able to relate such anthropological perspectives on masculinity and violence to current, public debates on masculinity.

In the exam the student must:

 -Formulate an independent anthropological problem statement relevant to the course's subject matter. 

-Demonstrate factual knowledge of a selected ethnographic field and/or empirical considerations relevant to the course’s subject matter 

-Demonstrate insight into relevant theoretical concepts that relate specifically to the intersection between masculinity and violence.

-Complete an analysis based on the relevant concepts or themes as introduced during the course.

500 pages of mandatory reading.

The mandatory readings will be available in Absalon.

seminar and lectures
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 35
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 133
  • Seminar
  • 14
  • Total
  • 210
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
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.