Independent study of an optional anthropology course (MA students)

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.                                     

Only optional/elective courses may be studied independently.

You can do a maximum of two independent studies.


It is an opportunity to look for inspiration in previously offered courses. Such courses can be viewed in the archive at

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
  • 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
On-site written exam
Oral defence, 30 minutes under invigilation
Type of assessment details
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. 27.000 and max 33.000 characters.
For group papers, add min. 8.450 and max. 10.300 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

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
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
  • Kasper Tang Vangkilde   (16-7b71838075823e86717e777b797c747550717e8478827f3e7b853e747b)
Saved on the 26-10-2023

Are you BA- or KA-student?

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