AANK16012U Anthropological Project Design
Board of Studies, Department of Anthropology
The purpose of the course is to prepare students for carrying out an anthropological project in the third semester of the Master's programme through instruction in project design and the application of ethnographic methods in practice. The course is based on the ideas for anthropological projects that the students have developed in workshops in the first semester of the Master's programme. During the course, students learn about the importance of the regional context and overall thematic issues in the delimitation of their project. Concurrently with this, they are trained in ethnographic methods and in handling the ethical and practical challenges involved in the project, note-taking etc. Through the ongoing development of the students' own projects, the ability to combine theory and methodology and to develop a project design around a relevant issue is trained. An introduction into electronic analysis and reference tools is also provided.
At the end of the course, the students must demonstrate the ability to develop a solid and carefully considered project design, including the ability to:
select literature and argue in favour of its relevance
demonstrate knowledge of a broad regional and thematic field as a context for the selected project design
prepare a precise problem formulation and operationalise this in research questions
describe and explain the choice of ethnographic methods to shed light on the presented problem formulation
prepare an analytical framework for the planned project
analyse and discuss ethical and practical challenges in the planned project.
Students must also fulfil the Department of Anthropology's form and language requirements (see the appropriate section in the curricula’s common part.
Syllabus: 800 pages required literature and 600 pages regional and thematic literature chosen by the student.
Prior to being assigned a supervisor, students must familiarise themselves with the supervisor's specialisation and supervision practice. Some supervisors offer individual supervision and group supervision; others offer individual or group supervision only. On the basis of the students' priorities, the thesis coordinator assigns supervisors and divides students into groups (where appropriate). Three supervision meetings are held. The time frame is 45 minutes per student regardless of whether the student is supervised individually or in a group. Students in a group do not necessarily share thematic and theoretical interests.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, exam periodThe exam paper must be submitted as an individual exam paper, unless the fieldwork is also planned as a group examination.
Length: min. 18,000 and max. 22,000 characters for an individual paper. Appendix length: max. 5,000 characters (regardless of group size). For group papers, min. 4,500 and max. 5,500 characters per additional group member. The synopsis must be submitted individually, unless plans are to carry out group fieldwork.
- Exam registration requirements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
1st re-exam: A new synopsis must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.
2nd re-exam: A new synopsis must be submitted. The new assignment is submitted during the next exam period.
For more information about the course see www.kurser.ku.dk.
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning Outcome