Introduction to Social Anthropology

Study Board of Market and Management Anthropology, Economics, Mathematics-Economics, Environmental and Resource Management

Teaching language: English
EKA: B500003102
Censorship: Second examiner: External
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: B500003101
ECTS value: 10

Date of Approval: 19-02-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Course ID

B500003101

Course Title

Introduction to Social Anthropology

Teaching language

English

ECTS value

10

Responsible study board

Study Board of Market and Management Anthropology, Economics, Mathematics-Economics, Environmental and Resource Management

Date of Approval

19-02-2019

Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Erika Kuever erku@sam.sdu.dk

Offered in

Odense

Level

Bachelor

Offered in

Autumn

Duration

1 semester

Mandatory prerequisites

None

Recommended prerequisites

Students who follow the course are expected to have basic English communication and writing skills and be familiar with the standard academic essay format.

Aim and purpose

The course teaches skills in cultural and social analysis which are fundamental for other courses in the B.Sc. program that address specific forms of culture and sociality, e.g. regarding consumption in specific regional markets. It introduces students to social anthropology as the study of human commonality and diversity, and its theoretical and methodological underpinnings. 

Students gain an analytical comprehension of global modernity by reflecting upon differences and continuities between pre-colonial small-scale social forms and contemporary late-modern societies. Throughout the course, students will build a foundational knowledge of qualitative research based on anthropological approaches. They will also gain experience formulating analytical perspectives and critiques through writing. 
The course equips students with the ability to identify and analyze potential issues in cross-cultural settings. These competences help organizations adapt to, and perform successfully in, the changing cultural and economic circumstances of a globalized world. 

Content

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.

Learning goals

To fulfill the purposes of the course the student must be able to:

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.

Literature

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

Teaching Method

Lecture in combination with class discussion, small group activities, e-learning tools such as Poll Everywhere and Padlet, and writing assignments in order to guide students’ engagement with the course material and foster critical thinking and analytical skills. Students will carry out a group “mini-ethnography project” in which they apply research, conceptual, and analytic skills from the course that will form the basis of the final exam. All classroom learning activities are predicated on the students’ completing the reading assignments prior to each class period as stated in the course syllabus.

Workload

Classes are held twice a week, starting week 37.

Tutorial classes will be once a week, 2x45 minutes, for 14 weeks.

Examination regulations

Exam

Name

Exam

Timing

Exam: January
Reexam: February

Examination for guest- and exchange students will be held in December: Internal evaluation. Re-examination will be held in February.

Tests

Exam

Name

Exam

Form of examination

Synopsis with oral exam

Censorship

Second examiner: External

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card - Date of birth

Language

English

Duration

20 minutes oral exam based on synopsis.

Length

Minimum 12.000 characters including spaces (approx. 5 pages, excluding reference list).

Examination aids

All exam aids are allowed.

Assignment handover

The course page in Blackboard.

Assignment handin

Via SDU-assignment in the course page in Blackboard.

ECTS value

10

Additional information

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.

EKA

B500003102

External comment

NOTE - This course is identical with the former course 8111301 Introduction to Social Anthropology.
Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

The student is automatically registered for the first examination attempt when the student is registered for a course or course element with which one or more examinations are associated. Withdrawal of registration is not possible, and students who fail to participate in an examination have used one examination attempt, unless the University has made an exemption due to special circumstances. 

The student is responsible for registering for 2nd and 3rd examination attempt.

Courses offered

Period Offer type Profile Programme Semester
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 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, 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, 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 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

Teachers

Name Email Department City
Erika Kuever erku@sam.sdu.dk Odense
Mathias Sosnowski Krabbe mkrab@sam.sdu.dk Odense

Student teachers

Name Email Department City
Joseph Bernasol joseph@sam.sdu.dk Odense
Mads Skovgaard madsk@sam.sdu.dk Odense

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