AANB05023U Introduction to Anthropology

Volume 2020/2021

The teaching in spring 2021 will be online until the 1. of April due to the Covid19 situation.

As soon as it is permitted and justifiable, it is up to the individual lecturer whether to transition to a blended format or wish to continue with full online teaching for the rest of the semester.

The individual lecturer will inform you of the above choice in the Absalon room for each course.

Courses with oral exams will be held online if the relevant restrictions have not been lifted at least four weeks before the individual exam. This will be notified in Absalon.

Courses with written exams will not experience any changes in relation to the normal exam form.


Anthropology is the study of social and cultural life. Whether looking at child soldiers in West Africa, business tycoons in New York or heroin pushers in Lisbon, anthropologists investigate how people understand and act in their social worlds. We illuminate the world from the inside and show how social formations are shaped and sustained, questioned and conflicted.

This course will introduce students to anthropology. The basic concepts of anthropology will be taught through immersion into specific case studies from around the world. It will illuminate the different approaches that anthropologists use in order to understand other cultures and societies, and dwell on the theoretical and analytical insights that the subject has yielded. Dealing qualitatively with issues such as globalisation, integration, youth, power, poverty and politics the course will provide students with knowledge of an increasingly important subject and supply them with novel perspectives on some of the key processes and pressing problems and dilemmas of the current world.

Learning Outcome


  • Identify central themes in current anthropological research



  • Show an understanding of the general anthropological perspective

  • Reflect upon the strengths and limitations of key concepts and perspectives



  • Describe and debate central arguments and concepts in anthropological research

  • Use anthropological concepts and perspectives to comment on social processes and problems

To be announced.

As part of the course you must submit a 5.400-6.600 keystroke reading response to an anthropological monograph chosen by the lecturer. Written feedback is given on this paper.
Combination of lectures, seminar discussions, work in groups and student presentations.


The teaching is on campus during autumn semester 2020. However, due to the covid19 situation all classes are available online too for students who are not able to attend classes on campus because of their covid-19 risk.

Always remember to check Absalon for the latest updates.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 48
  • Preparation
  • 224
  • Exercises
  • 36
  • Study Groups
  • 14
  • Exam Preparation
  • 24
  • Exam
  • 74
  • Total
  • 420
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 14 days
The written exam consist of the written assignment (reading response) that was handed in during the course, as well as the final essay, where you have to address a question given to you by the lecturer. The length of the reading response is 5.400-6.600 keystrokes. The length of the essay must be min. 18.000 - to max. 22.000 keystrokes.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

1. re-exam:

A new essay with a revised problem statement must be submitted at the announced date. The students must sign up for the 1. re-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 descriptions of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange and credit