Multimodal Anthropology: Audio-visual and digital experimentation

Course content

This multimodal anthropology-course is for students interested in working audio-visually in combination with digital ethnography and sensory ethnography. It integrates lectures, workshops, hands-on group work, and exercises - and analytical work is part of this. The exam is portfolio-based, and feedback is an integral part of the course. Students will be introduced to the history of ethnographic film and newer work within multimodal anthropology. The weight is on collaborative and experimental approaches, and we draw on the many technological possibilities available to ethnographically do research, perform analysis, and share knowledge in various modalities. Students will learn to formulate questions and research them through audio-visual and digital ethnographic means in short field exercises. During this course, students will be briefly introduced to making and editing video, stills, podcasts, elements for websites, (analogue or digital) visualizations or mappings, and do short exercises focused on one or more of these modalities. It is an integral part of the course to practice arguing (orally and in writing) for the modalities and formats you choose to work in. Questions pertaining to knowledge-sharing, dissemination, and publishing of results in various formats, is part of this, as students will learn to critically engage with questions of audiences and public(s): who can access this knowledge and whom does it benefit?


This course may prepare interested students for MA research, and thesis in the form of ‘visual communication thesis’.


From spring 2023 the course is also offered to students at the

- Master Programme in Social Data Science

- Bachelor and Master Programmes in Sociology

- Master programme in Global Development


Enrolled students register the course through the Selfservice. Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course students are expected to:

  • Have familiarized themselves with the history and practice of audio-visual and multimodal anthropology
  • Have experimented with either still photography, video, podcast, (analogue or digital) visualizations or mappings as an anthropological approach
  • Have practiced giving and receiving (peer) feedback



At the end of the course students are expected to:

  • Research, perform analysis, and share knowledge in various modalities
  • Critically engage with questions of audiences, public(s), and access



At the end of the course students must be able to:

  • Relate their own practice to the history and theory of (visual) anthropology and current/newer multimodal work
  • Arguing (orally and in writing) for the modalities and formats they choose to work in and implications/constraints/complementarities of these

The home arena for the course is Ethnographic Exploratory 4.1.12. The form of teaching is underpinned by the belief that learning occurs in communities of practice, where you move in-between lectures, exercises, instruction, discussion of literature, experiments in co-research and feedback sessions. Through these iterative movements, an embodied understanding of working ethnographically in different formats and across the physical and digital dimensions emerge.

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Continuous feedback during the course
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Type of assessment details
Length: Portfolio exam can be written individually or in groups of Max. 4 students. Portfolio exams consist of 2-7 submissions. For MA students, there is a submission more than for BA students, i.e. if the BA student has to submit five submissions, the MA students must submit six submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must be max. 30,000 keystrokes for one student. For groups of two students, Max. 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students, Max. 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students, Max. 50,000 keystrokes. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment. For groups with both BA and MA students, the same number of submissions is required as for MA students. The assignments are assessed jointly with a single grade.

1st and 2nd re-exam: A new essay must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.

Essay Length:
One BA student: 21.600-26.400 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:
One MA + one BA student: 31,900-38,975 (BA:14.175-17.325 KA:17.725-21.650)
One MA + two BA students: 38,050 – 46,475 (BA:11,700-14.300 KA:14.650-17.875)
One MA + three BA students: 44,525-54,375 (BA:10.475-12,800 MA:13.100-15.975)
Two MA + one BA student: 41,000-50,050 (BA:11,700-14.300 KA:14.650-17.875)
Two MA + two BA students: 47,150-57,550 (BA:10.475-12,800 MA:13.100-15.975)
Three MA + 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.

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


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

1 semester

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Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Social Data Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Karen Waltorp   (6-717074383e394667727b73746f34717b346a71)
Saved on the 31-10-2022

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