Introduction to Social Anthropology
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Date of Approval
Aim and purpose
Introduction to foundational concepts of anthropology:
culture - cultural analysis - ethnocentrism - cultural relativism - holism - emic and etic - ethnographic fieldwork and research methods - religion, magic, and worldviews – language and linguistics – economics and livelihood - gender and social inequality - power and politics - community, ethnicity, and nationalism - methodological and ethical challenges in anthropology.
Introduction to theories and methods in a historical and contemporary perspective: unilineal cultural evolutionism, historical particularism, functionalism, structuralism, interpretivism, symbolic anthropology, postmodernism.
Description of outcome - Knowledge
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of anthropological concepts, including theories on culture and complexity, worldviews and ideology, social structures, power, and symbolism, and to apply these concepts.
Description of outcome - Skills
- Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on the use of anthropological concepts in a concrete empirical setting.
- Identify and analyze potential issues in cross-cultural settings
Description of outcome - Competences
- Identify methodological and ethical challenges in applying an anthropological approach.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the basic concepts and analytical tools introduced in the course.
- Apply a holistic perspective that places a phenomenon in its wider social, historical, and cultural context.
For example: Schultz, Emily, and Robert Lavenda (2013) Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, Oxford University Press.
Allison, Anne (1994) Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club, University of Chicago Press
Classes are held twice a week, starting week 37.
Form of examination
Synopsis and oral exam, with point of departure in a group mini-ethnography project carried out in the semester, in order to demonstrate the students’ grasp of the course material (knowledge), their ability to apply anthropological perspectives (skills) and perform critical analysis of issues and arguments (competences).
Date of submission of synopsis will appear from the examination plan.
20 minutes oral examination, without preparation, based on the synopsis.
One grade is given. Students who have not submitted a synopsis will not be admitted to the oral examination.
For the re-exam: oral examination based on a new submitted synopsis.
Examination form at the re-exam may be changed.
|Fall 2019||Optional||Tilvalg i Marketing, Branding og Kommunikation||Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and Business Administration | Esbjerg, Soenderborg, Slagelse, Odense, Kolding|
|Fall 2019||Optional||BA negot Tysk, 180 ECTS, Optag 2018||Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (English), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (Spanish), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (German) | Odense|
|Fall 2019||Optional||BA negot Tysk, 180 ECTS, Optag 2017||Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (English), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (Spanish), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (German) | Odense|
|Fall 2019||Optional||BA negot Spansk, 180 ECTS, Optag 2017||Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (English), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (Spanish), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (German) | Odense|
|Fall 2019||Optional||BA negot Engelsk 180 ECTS Særligt forløb for Markedsføringsøkonomer|
|Fall 2019||Optional||BA negot Engelsk, 180 ECTS, Optag 2017|
|Fall 2019||Optional||BA negot Engelsk, 180 ECTS, Optag 2018|
|Fall 2019||Mandatory||BSc Market and Management Anthropology - Year 2018||BSc in Market and Management Anthropology | Bachelor of Science in Market and Management Anthropology | Odense||1||Fall 2019||Exchange students|
|Mathias Sosnowski Krabbefirstname.lastname@example.org||Odense|
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