Protest, Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution

Course content

This course explores a broad range of counter-political action – i.e. activity aimed at mitigating, sabotaging, undermining or overthrowing established forms of political authority. From striking factory workers to national liberation movements, and from peasant rebellions in the global south, to anarchist movements in major metropoleis, it draws on anthropological, sociological and historical approaches to these phenomena to think about the different ways in which counter-power can be constructed, the types of action it includes and the different goals it tends towards. It asks whether these divers types of action are best thought of as situated on a continuous spectrum or whether they constitute irreducibly different political forms.

Learning outcome

The final portfolio is expected to demonstrate that the student has developed particular knowledge (K), skills (S) and competencies (C). More specifically, she will be able to:

Knowledge: describe and discuss in broad terms the historical evolution of such action

Skills: marshall a range of different theoretical approaches to analyse them

Competences:  think synthetically about the similarities and differences between different types of counter-political action

The course will consist of 14 three-hour weekly seminars, involving brief lectures, group discussions, presentations, etc.

BSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

Course literature will be available in Absalon on the course website

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

The lecture will provide ongoing verbal feedback regarding essay questions and approaches and summative feedback on the final essay in the form of written comments

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Essay length: 21,600–26,400 keystrokes for an individual submission. 6,750–8,250 keystrokes per extra member for group submissions. The maximum number of students who can write an essay in a group is four.
For groups writing together it must be clearly indicated which parts of the assignment each of the students has written
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
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
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Exam
  • 64
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

See timetable
Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Matthew Alexander Halkes Carey   (13-716578786c697b32676576697d446572786c7673326f7932686f)
Saved on the 23-03-2022

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