Summer 2016 Using anthropology's analytical tools to solve business problems

Course content

Drawing on the experiences of the consultancy company ReD Associates and others, this course will focus on the use and exploration of anthropological concepts as analytical tools in the development of business cases. There will also be room for a critical examination of challenges and opportunities in the relationship between business consultancy and anthropology.


Summer school 2016

Learning outcome

Students completing the course successfully will have gained:


  • Practiced presentation skills


  • Advanced insights into a still more important field of applied anthropology

  • Insights into forms of knowledge, language, and thinking in the business world


  • Understanding of and experiences with the use of anthropological analysis in a practical, business context

  • A deeper understanding of a range of anthropological concepts through application to case material

Seminars, group case work, student presentations, feedback

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

Literature chosen by students must be relevant to the course’s subject matter.

Course literature will be available in Absalon on the course website

The course also serves as a part of the specialised track in Business and Organisational Anthropology.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
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 assignments can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 people. Read more about the rules for group examinations in the

The examination essay must address a relevant topic from the course and must include literature from the course syllabus.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Exam Preparation
  • 89
  • Course Preparation
  • 89
  • English
  • 206