AANK16102U Anthropology and the Environment, advanced course - CANCELLED IN AUTUMN 2016

Volume 2016/2017

In this course, the main objective is to explore the notion of ‘natural resources’, to show how they emerge in consequence of human interest and ingenuity and how they are socialized from the beginning. One important aspect shaping the sociality of resources is their inner characteristics – whether they are mineral, vegetal or animal; solid or fluid; moveable or not; tangible or not, and so on.

Through the presentation of ethnographic cases from various fields, and by allowing ample time for discussion of various analytical and theoretical viewpoints, the ambition is to open up for recognition of the social constitution of natural resources.

Learning Outcome

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify central questions in the making of ‘natural resources’

  • Analyze concrete cases of resource extraction

  • Theorize the entertwinement of natural and social values

  • Apply the acquired analytical skills on new empirical cases

MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature + 200 pages of literature chosen by students

Literature chosen by students must be relevant to the course’s subject matter.

Course literature will be available in Absalon on the course website

Classes, presentations of ethnographic cases, theoretical discussions
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 35
  • Exercises
  • 10
  • Lectures
  • 23
  • Preparation
  • 133
  • Seminar
  • 5
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
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 are automatically registered 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 learning outcome