Economic Anthropology

Course content

Economic anthropology is one of the classic fields of anthropology, and yet it is also a field that has experienced something of a revival recently and seems more relevant than ever, as global economic crisis, growth imaginaries and financial matters have become part of many ordinary people’s lives. This course provides an opportunity to rediscover classics, to explore contemporary economic culture, and to consider and discuss different approaches.

The aim of the course is to expand the students’ knowledge of classic and new economic anthropology, to develop their overview and understanding of the field, and to allow for experimental use of economic anthropology in  analysis of own empirical data, planned fieldwork, or theoretical discussions.

During the course we will explore issues like forms of value, work, consumption, distribution and welfare society, spheres of exchange, spirits of capitalism, financialization, precarization, market fantasies and economic cosmologies.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving the students the following competences, knowledge and skills:


  • to describe and discuss various theories and theoretical concepts.



  • formulate an analysis in a coherent and convincing text.



  • to analyse different economic systems or imaginaries by the help of theory.

The course will consist of 14 three-hour weekly seminars, involving lectures, group discussions, presentations, etc, as well as ongoing feedback sessions, where the students read and comment on each others writings.

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.


The course is accepted as part of the BOA specialisation

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

During the course, feedback will primarily take the form of students giving each other feedback on the emerging texts. Students will also receive written feedback on their essays along with their grades.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
One BA student: 21600-26400 keystrokes. For group responses, Min. 6,750 and Max. 8,250 extra keystrokes per extra group member.

One MA student: 27,000-33,000 keystrokes. For group responses, Min. 8,450 and Max. 10,300 extra keystrokes per extra group member.

For groups with both BA and MA students:
A MA and a BA student: 31,900-38,975 (BA: 14.175-17.325 KA: 17.725-21.650)
A MA and two BA students: 38,050 – 46,475 (BA: 11,700-14.300 KA: 14.650-17.875)
A MA and three BA students: 44,525-54,375 (BA: 10.475-12,800 MA: 13.100-15.975)
Two MA and one BA student: 41,000-50,050 (BA: 11,700-14.300 KA: 14.650-17.875)
Two MA and two BA students: 47,150-57,550 (BA: 10.475-12,800 MA: 13.100-15.975)
Three MA and one BA student: 49,775-60,725 (BA: 10.475-12,800 MA: 13.100-15.975)

MA students must include supplementary literature in the exam assignment. The supplementary literature is chosen by the student.

Iof level and contribution
Students must indicate on the first page of the assignment whether they are a BA or MA students. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal co-assessor.
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 students 

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 133
  • Seminar
  • 42
  • Exam
  • 35
  • English
  • 210