Syllabus for Contemporary Debates and Developments in Cultural Anthropology

Aktuella debatter inom kulturantropologi

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KA417
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Cultural Anthropology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2013-01-28
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2018-01-31
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2018
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
  • Responsible department: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge and insights regarding one or more key debates in contemporary cultural anthropology and related developments in anthropological theory, method and ethnography.

After accomplishing the course the student is expected to:
• Possess an in-depth understanding of key contemporary debates and developments in social and cultural anthropology;
• Be able to critically assess and compare alternative theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary anthropological research themes.
• Be able to elaborate implications of contemporary debates in social and cultural anthropology for the student’s own Master’s thesis project.

Content

Drawing from recently published ethnographic, theoretical, and/or methodological texts in cultural anthropology, the course surveys contemporary developments in one or more subfields of cultural anthropology by means of a series of case-studies and/or thematic reviews presented in lectures, seminars and workshops.

Instruction

The course is comprised of one or more of the following forms: lectures, seminars, field practice and/or tutoring. Language of instruction is English.

Assessment

Students will be assessed based upon their active participation in seminars, written assignments, oral presentations, and the writing of a final paper. A passing grade requires at least 75% participation in class meetings and exercises.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Grimshaw, Anna. The ethnographer's eye [Elektronisk resurs] : ways of seeing in anthropology

    Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • MacDougall, David Taylor, Lucien Transcultural cinema

    Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 1999

    Find in the library

    Mandatory