Anthropological Project Design

Course content

Anthropological Project Design prepares students for carrying out an anthropological project in the third semester. Through the development of their own projects, students are taught how to create a project design, how to identify anthropological problems they can pursue in their project, how to combine theory and methodology in their design, and how to apply ethnographic methods in practice. The course emphasises the importance of gaining knowledge of the regional context and thematic issues for delimiting a project proposal. Moreover, students are trained in ethnographic methods, field note taking, and in handling the ethical and practical challenges of their project.


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


  • To demonstrate knowledge of a broad regional and thematic field as a context for the project design
  • To have an overview of relevant literature



  • To independently formulate a precise research problem and operationalise it in research questions
  • To elaborate a project design that enables the acquisition of ethnographic material to answer the research questions
  • To prepare an analytical framework for the planned project



  • To make analytical choices in light of a state of the art review of the literature within the field
  • To take responsibility for creating, organizing, and planning a project that can be carried out in collaboration with interlocutors and/or co-researchers
  • To make methodological choices in light of a research problem and to critically evaluate such choices
  • To critically discuss ethical and practical challenges in the project.

Class instruction, workshops, and student presentations. The course focuses on the craft of writing a project proposal and on the development of students' projects. Throughout the semester students hand in draft elements of their project design. Class instruction is sometimes in the form of workshops where both the lecturer and fellow students provide feedback on these drafts. Some classes include practical exercises.

Each student is placed in a supervision group. Two supervision meetings are held, unless the supervisor and students agree to split the time differently. The total time frame is 2 x 45 minutes per student. Students in a group do not necessarily share thematic and theoretical interests.

For the sake of the students' safety, we cannot approve projects to countries to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has advised against travelling. See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advisories (Rejsevejledninger), which are posted in Danish here: http:/​/​​da/​rejse-og-ophold/​rejse-til-udlandet/​rejsevejledninger/​.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Feedback is provided during the workshops that form part of the course. Peer-to-peer feedback is facilitated by the teacher.

Type of assessment
Written assignment, exam period
The exam paper must be submitted as an individual exam paper, unless the fieldwork is also planned as a group examination.
Length: min. 18,000 and max. 22,000 characters for an individual paper. Appendix length: max. 5,000 characters (regardless of group size). For group papers, min. 4,500 and max. 5,500 characters per additional group member. The synopsis must be submitted individually, unless plans are to carry out group fieldwork. Formal requirements for written assignments: https:/​/​​study/​anthropology-ma/​Pages/​Topic.aspx?topic=Writtentake-homeassignment&topicId=265ca0b2-9132-4e58-b45e-a5a4243593fe#265ca0b2-9132-4e58-b45e-a5a4243593fe

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 Learning Outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 52
  • Preparation
  • 110
  • Project work
  • 102
  • Exam
  • 150
  • English
  • 414


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

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Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Lars Richard Rasmussen   (22-7f74858641857c767b74857741857486808886867881537481877b8582417e8841777e)
Saved on the 07-02-2022

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