Independent study of an optional anthropology course

Course content

Master students, enrolled at the Department of Anthroplogy,  who wish to specialise in a topic or region not covered by courses at the Department of Anthropology may design an independent study to fulfil an optional course requirement.

If you wish to pursue an independent study, a teacher at the Department will offer you a supervisory appointment.  The main objective of this meeting is for the teacher to assist you in assembling a reading list.  The teacher must certify your reading list as a part of your exam.  You are welcome to pursue an independent study together with other students.  Independent studies are only available to Master’s students enrolled at the Department of Anthropology, and only optional/elective courses may be studied independently.

You can do a maximum of two independent studies.

The procedure for pursuing an independent study course is:

  • You contact a member of the academic staff at the Department of Anthropology (PhD, postdoc, teaching assistant, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or external associate professor who teaches at the Department) and make arrangements for the independent study. On the Department’s website, you can see what topics our staff specialise in. 
  • You register for an independent study through self service. 
  • You attend a supervisory session with your teacher. Before this session, you submit a draft reading list as a basis for the meeting. The focus of the session will be on the reading list, the area of study, and ideas for an exam paper topic. 
  • You submit an exam paper and your reading list of 700 pages by the fixed deadline for exam paper submission. You can read more about exam paper requirements under Exam.
  • No later than 14 days after the exam paper has been submitted, you must participate in an in-person dialogue with your teacher about the exam. This discussion, which will be counted as part of your exam, will revolve around your essay. The grade for the course will be based on both efforts (80% written assignment, 20% dialogue). 

The teaching in spring 2022 will be online until the 1. of April due to the Covid19 situation.

As soon as it is permitted and justifiable, it is up to the individual lecturer whether to transition to a blended format or wish to continue with full online teaching for the rest of the semester. The individual lecturer will inform you of the above choice in the Absalon room for each course. 

Courses with oral exams will be held online if the relevant restrictions have not been lifted at least four weeks before the individual exam. This will be notified in Absalon. Courses with written take home exams will not experience any changes in relation to the normal exam form.

Learning outcome
  • Documented knowledge of the relevant literature in the field 
  • Defend the choice of empirical material 
  • Reflect on the implications of selected analytical concepts

App. 700 pages

Not relevant
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Oral defence, 30 minutes under invigilation
The exam consists of a written essay and subsequent in-person dialogue.
The essay may be written individually or in groups of at most 4 persons.
Length: min. 21.600 and max 26.400 characters.
For group papers, add min. 6,750 and max. 8,250 characters per additional group member.
The essay must discuss a subject relevant to the course, and must include
literature from the course. Students must submit the entire reading list for
the course along with the essay.
The essay is followed by a half-hour in-person dialogue. This discussion, which will be counted as part of your exam, will revolve around your essay. The grade for the course will be based on both efforts (80% written assignment, 20% dialogue).
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcomes

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 169
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Exam
  • 36
  • English
  • 206


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

1 semester

Autumn And Spring
No classes
This course is only open for full degree MSc Students in Anthropology, from Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.
Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Ayo Wahlberg   (12-647c72317a646b6f6568756a436471776b7572316e7831676e)
Saved on the 21-04-2022

Are you BA- or KA-student?

Are you bachelor- or kandidat-student, then find the course in the course catalog for students:

Courseinformation of students