Anthropological Perspectives: Danish Culture and Society

Course content

The course introduces you to Denmark through the eyes of anthropologists. It does so by introducing students both to the discipline of anthropology and to Denmark as an ethnographic field. Danish society will be explored through some of the main research areas in the anthropology of Denmark, e.g. the welfare state, sociality, religion and identity, migration and integration.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
• Identify and formulate central anthropological questions within the subject of Danish culture and society.
• Critically discuss concepts and theories related to the subject.
• Work analytically with a subject chosen from the course plan

Mix of lectures, discussion, group work 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.

BSc students and MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

The teacher will publish 200-300 pages of supplementary literature.

Course literature will be available through Absalon.

Course litterature will be available as a compendium in the Academic bookstore on campus. The exact date of availability will be published in Absalon. 

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Portfolio exam
Length: The portfolio exam can be taken individually or in groups of maximum four students. The portfolio exam consists of 3-7 submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must not exceed 30,000 keystrokes for a single student. For groups of two students the maximum is 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students the maximum is 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students the maximum is 50,000 keystrokes.
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.
Criteria for exam assessment

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

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 7
  • Preparation
  • 112
  • Seminar
  • 21
  • Study Groups
  • 35
  • Exam
  • 35
  • English
  • 210