Independent study of an optional anthropology course (Bachelor)

Course content

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:

AANB11066U Contemporary South Asia: Reason and Religion:

AANA18116U Digital Identities:

AANB11076U Protest, Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution

Learning outcome


  • Demonstrate knowledge about fundamental aspects of the independents studys themes or region.
  • Document knowledge of the relevant literature in the field.



  • Describe and analyze a problem, which is relevant for the independent studies thematic or region.
  • Explain choice of relevant empirical material.
  • Reflect over the implications of the chosen analytcal methods.



  • Independent planning and execution of a process for your own learning. Herein included is the selection and compilation of relevant litterature within a specific thematic or region.


App. 500 pages

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral defence, 30 minutes under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The exam consists of a written essay and subsequent in-person dialogue.
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

1. Re-exam: A new assignment must be handed in before the new deadline.

2. Re-exam: A new assignment must be handed in for next exam period.

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcomes

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


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 semester

Spring And Autumn
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
  • Kasper Tang Vangkilde   (16-7a70827f74813d85707d767a787b73744f707d8377817e3d7a843d737a)

Kasper Tang Vangkilde,, tlf. 51 94 27 67

Saved on the 06-05-2024

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