AANA18130U Critical theory and the social sciences

Volume 2021/2022

Elective course

Course package (MSc 2015):

Welfare, inequality and mobility
Knowledge, organisation and politics
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life

Creditstudents can be at either bachelor or master level

The course is a cross-disciplinary course and aims to attract students from Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science


This course has its base in the cross-disciplinary research centre Centre for Anthropological, Political and Social Theory (CAPS) at the faculty of the social sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The general topic of the course is the meaning and role of critique in the social sciences. The course will focus on different theoretical conceptions of critique and the application of critique in different fields of research across the social sciences.

Learning Outcome


The student must in a first step be able to understand what distinguishes different conceptions of critique and the role critique plays in different conceptions of social science. In the next step the student must be able to relate these conceptions to different ways of conducting critique in different interdisciplinary research fields and compare and critically discuss these ways.


The course provides students with the practical skill of criticizing social problems or pathologies and to use this skill in research across disciplines in investigations of the social world.


To plan an perform research and investigations of different aspects of the social world in which critique plays a crucial role. The student will be able to choose and apply the right way of criticizing in different kinds of interdisciplinary research.

A combination of articles, chapters in edited volumes and 2-3 books.

There will be a combination of lectures and discussions
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 110
  • Exercises
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 38
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Through discussions in class

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio, -
Length: Portfolio exam can be written individually or in groups of Max. 4 students. Portfolio exams consist of 2-7 submissions. For MA students, there is a submission more than for BA students, i.e. if the BA student has to submit five submissions, the MA students must submit six submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must be max. 30,000 keystrokes for one student. For groups of two students, Max. 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students, Max. 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students, Max. 50,000 keystrokes. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment. For groups with both BA and MA students, the same number of submissions is required as for MA students. The assignments are assessed jointly with a single grade.
Exam registration requirements

Sociology students must be enrolled under either BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.

Antropology stundents - to be updated

Political Science students - to be updated


Creditstudents can be at either bachelor or master level.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

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Criteria for exam assesment

Please see the learning outcome.