Independent study of an optional anthropology course (Bachelor)
Bachelor 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. Only optional/elective courses may be studied independently.
You can do a maximum of two independent studies.
Examples of courses that are not currently offered include:
AANB05070U Introduction to the Anthropology of Islam and the Middle East: https://kurser.ku.dk/archive/2022-2023/course/AANB05070U
AANB11066U Contemporary South Asia: Reason and Religion: https://kurser.ku.dk/archive/2021-2022/course/AANB11066U
AANA18116U Digital Identities: https://kurser.ku.dk/archive/2021-2022/course/AANA18116U
AANB11076U Protest, Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution https://kurser.ku.dk/archive/2021-2022/course/AANB11076U
- 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
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).
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignmentOral defence, 30 minutes under invigilation
- Type of assessment details
- The exam consists of a written essay and subsequent in-person
The essay can be written individually or in groups of a maximum of 4 people. Length min. 21,600 and max. 26,400 estimate, for group answers + min. 6,750 and a maximum of 8,250 estimates per extra 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).
Policy on the Use of Generative AI Software and Large Language Models in Exams
The Department of Anthropology allows the use of generative AI software and large language models (AI/LLMs), such as ChatGPT, in written exams, provided that the use of AI/LLMs is disclosed and specified (i.e., how it was used and for what purpose) in an appendix that does not count towards the page limit of the exam.
If AI/LLMs are used as source, the same requirements apply for using quotation marks and source referencing as with all other sources. Otherwise, it will be a case of plagiarism.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
See learning outcomes
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- This course is only open for full degree MSc Students in Anthropology, from Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.
- Department of Anthropology, Study Council
- Department of Anthropology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Kasper Tang Vangkilde (16-6e6476736875317964716a6e6c6f6768436471776b7572316e7831676e)
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