AANA18138U Economic and Business Anthropology

Volume 2024/2025
Education

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Please note that this course is identical to AANB11041U Economic Anthropology.This means that if you have passed AANB11041U Economic Anthropology, you cannot register for Economic and Business Anthropology.

Content

Economic anthropology and business anthropology are two closely related and overlapping fields of anthropology. Although the former, as one of the classic fields of anthropology, has a longer history than the latter, both fields seem more relevant than ever. With global economic challenges such as the corona crisis, the climate crisis, and the financial crisis, it becomes increasingly important to explore and question the ways in which economic and business activities are understood and practiced, and what implications these activities have for social relations and lived lives in different parts of the world. This is not only relevant for a critical understanding of economic and business issues, but also for an anthropological engagement in or with them. This course provides an opportunity to rediscover classics, to explore contemporary economic and business issues, and to consider and discuss different approaches to anthropological work in economy and business.

 

The aim of the course is to provide students with both classic and new knowledge within economic and business anthropology, to develop their curiosity, overview, and understanding of the field and related fields, to allow and encourage use of economic and business anthropology in the analysis of own empirical data, planned fieldwork, theoretical debates, or current issues, and to engage and involve the students in the planning and activities of the course and in exploring new themes.

 

During the course we will cover some already planned themes, concepts, and discussions, such as markets, capitalism, exchange, money, debt, leadership, organization, design, consumption, etc., but the students will also have influence on the content of the course.

Learning Outcome

The course aims to give the students the following knowledge, skills, and competences:

 

Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of various debates, standpoints, concepts, and theoretical perspectives from the field of economic and business anthropology.

 

Skills:

  • Develop and present an analysis of a relevant theme in economic and business anthropology in a coherent and convincing text.
  • Be able to apply anthropological concepts and perspectives in an analysis of current economic or business issues.

 

Competences:

  • Choose, apply, and transfer relevant theoretical concepts and ideas from anthropology to the field of economy and business.
  • Be able to independently consider economic and business issues and activities from an anthropological perspective.

BSc students: 500 pages of mandatory reading.

MSc students: 500 pages of mandatory reading + 200 pages of own choice.

The mandatory readings will be available in Absalon.

The course is a revised version of a course in Economic Anthropology offered previously. It is not recommended to follow the course if you have previously taken the course in Economic Anthropology.
The course will consist of 14 three-hour weekly seminars, involving lectures, class discussions, group discussions, student presentations, and small exercises.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Exam
  • 64
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
One BA student: 21,600-26,400 characters (with spaces). For group answers, min. 6,750 and a maximum of 8,250 additional characters (with spaces) per additional group member.

One KA student: 27,000-33,000 characters (with spaces). For group answers, min. 8,450 and a maximum of 10,300 additional characters (with spaces).

For groups with both BA and KA students: One KA and one BA student:
31,900 – 38,975 (BA: 14,175-17,325 KA: 17,725-21,650)
One KA and two BA students: 38,050 – 46,475 (BA: 11,700-14,300 KA: 14,650-17,875)
One KA and three BA students: 44,525 – 54,375 (BA: 10,475-12,800 KA: 13,100-15,975)
Two KA and one BA students: 41,000 – 50,050 (BA: 11,700-14,300 KA: 14,650-17,875)
Two KA and two BA students: 47,150 – 57,550 (BA: 10,475-12,800 KA: 13,100-15,975)
Three KA and one BA students: 49,775 – 60,725 (BA: 10,475-12,800 KA: 13,100-15,975)

Literature
KA students must include supplementary literature in the exam, which the student selects.

Indication of level and contribution
Students must indicate on the first page of the assignment whether they are BA or KA students. In the case of a group assignment, the individual student's contribution must be clearly marked in the assignment.
Aid
All aids allowed

Policy on the Use of Generative AI Software and Large Language Models in Exams

The Department of Anthropology allows the use of generative AI software and large language models (AI/LLMs), such as ChatGPT, in written exams, provided that the use of AI/LLMs is disclosed and specified (i.e., how it was used and for what purpose) in an appendix that does not count towards the page limit of the exam.

 

If AI/LLMs are used as source, the same requirements apply for using quotation marks and source referencing as with all other sources. Otherwise, it will be a case of plagiarism.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Re-exam

1st and 2nd re-examination: A new essay with new problem formulation must be submitted. The new assignment must be handed in at the next exam term. The student must register for the re-examination.

One BA student: 21,600-26,400 characters (with spaces). For group answers, min. 6,750 and a maximum of 8,250 additional characters (with spaces) per additional group member.

One KA student: 27,000-33,000 characters (with spaces). For group answers, min. 8,450 and a maximum of 10,300 additional characters (with spaces).

For groups with both BA and KA students: One KA and one BA student:

31,900 – 38,975 (BA: 14,175-17,325 KA: 17,725-21,650)

One KA and two BA students: 38,050 – 46,475 (BA: 11,700-14,300 KA: 14,650-17,875)

One KA and three BA students: 44,525 – 54,375 (BA: 10,475-12,800 KA: 13,100-15,975)

Two KA and one BA students: 41,000 – 50,050 (BA: 11,700-14,300 KA: 14,650-17,875)

Two KA and two BA students: 47,150 – 57,550 (BA: 10,475-12,800 KA: 13,100-15,975)

Three KA and one BA students: 49,775 – 60,725 (BA: 10,475-12,800 KA: 13,100-15,975)

KA students must include supplementary literature in the exam, which the student selects.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning objectives