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


  • 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

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

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.

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
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
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Exam
  • 64
  • English
  • 206


Course number
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

Se timetable
Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Flora Botelho   (12-6f75787b6a6b787d6e7571784970766a7275376c7876)
Saved on the 23-03-2022

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