AANK13504U  Evaluation Anthropology & the Anthropology of Evaluation

Volume 2013/2014
Content

This course introduces you to theory and methods in the field of evaluation anthropology and – through casework – to various evaluation tasks and evaluation-anthropological solutions. Different types of evaluation approaches are introduced with a focus on the use of anthropology: From more classical impact- and process models, to participatory evaluation and empowerment evaluation.
The course aims at introducing the students to the design, conduct and report of anthropologically informed evaluations. Which methods, theories and approaches from anthropology are suitable for specific evaluation problems and tasks? Moreover, the course deals with issues such as:

  • the debate about evidence-based policy and interventions
  • translating anthropological analysis and results
  • how to maintain a role as ‘professional stranger’, when employed as evaluator in an organisation     
Learning Outcome

 By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe how anthropological methods as well as theory is relevant to use and integrate in the design, analysis and reporting of various evaluation tasks and contexts.
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  • Critically discuss the use of evaluation in policy context, and the role, as anthropologist and evaluator.

BSc-, Credit-, Open Education and all international students: 500 pages obligatory literature.
MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature + 200 pages of literature chosen by students.
Course literature will be available in Absalon on the course website.

A combination of lectures and seminars
The course also serves as a part of the specialised track in Business and Organisational Anthropology.
Credit
10 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Essay.
Length: Min. 21.600 - max. 26.400 keystrokes for an individual essay. For group exams plus an additional min. 6.750 - max. 8.250 keystrokes per extra group member.

The essay/portfolio assignments can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 people. Read more about the rules for group examinations in the
curriculum 4.3.1.

The examination essay must address a relevant topic from the course and must include literature from the course syllabus.
Exam registration requirements
The student must participate actively in class, through for example class
presentations, in order to be eligible to take the course exam. The course
lecturer stipulates the specific requirements for active class participation.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
There is appointed a second internal assessor to assist with the assessment
when the first assessor finds this necessary.
Re-exam
1. & 2. Re-exam
For written exams:
A new essay/portfolio with a revised problem statement is submitted at the announced date. The student must register for the re-exam.
For oral exams:
A revised synopsis with a new problem statement is submitted at the announced date. The students must hereafter participate in a new oral exam at the announced date. The student must register for the re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Essay.
Length: Min. 21.600 - max. 26.400 keystrokes for an individual essay. For group exams plus an additional min. 6.750 - max. 8.250 keystrokes per extra group member.

The essay/portfolio assignments can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 people. Read more about the rules for group examinations in the
curriculum 4.3.1.

The examination essay must address a relevant topic from the course and must include literature from the course syllabus.
Exam registration requirements
The student must participate actively in class, through for example class
presentations, in order to be eligible to take the course exam. The course
lecturer stipulates the specific requirements for active class participation.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
There is appointed a second internal assessor to assist with the assessment
when the first assessor finds this necessary.
Re-exam
1. & 2. Re-exam
For written exams:
A new essay/portfolio with a revised problem statement is submitted at the announced date. The student must register for the re-exam.
For oral exams:
A revised synopsis with a new problem statement is submitted at the announced date. The students must hereafter participate in a new oral exam at the announced date. The student must register for the re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange, credit and Open University students
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 7
  • Seminar
  • 6
  • Exercises
  • 15
  • Preparation
  • 138
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Total
  • 206