Introduction to Anthropology

Course content

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

At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:

  • Show an understanding of the general anthropological perspective
  • Identify central themes in current anthropological research
  • 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

Combination of lectures, seminar discussions, work in groups and student presentations.

Books and course packs will be available at the campus book store akademisk boghandel.  The students are further expected to buy: Thomas Hylland Eriksen 2001 Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology London: Pluto Press.

Type of assessment
Written assignment, 14 days
The essay is a set assignment, where you have to address a question given to you by the lecturer. The length of the essay must be min. 22.500 - to max. 27.500 keystrokes, and it will be assessed according to the Danish grading scale.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See descriptions of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange and credit

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Seminar
  • 48
  • Class Exercises
  • 8
  • Preparation
  • 224
  • Study Groups
  • 14
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • Exam
  • 74
  • Exam Preparation
  • 24
  • English
  • 420