Advanced Study of Anthropological Theory, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Autumn 2023, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 28 August 2023

    End date: 29 October 2023

    Application deadline: 17 April 2023

    Application code: UU-52013 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

This course approaches anthropological theory from three different perspectives: historically, thematically, and through contemporary anthropological research.

The first perspective explores some of the key problems to which modern social and cultural anthropology has emerged as a response. The second focuses on major theories, themes, and debates that have informed anthropological inquiry. The third exemplifies how anthropologists revisit and remediate classical theoretical discussions in analytical work today.

In addition to reading the course literature, you are expected to take an active part in seminar discussions, complete several writing exercises, and present a course paper orally in class. By the end of the course, you should have acquired the ability critically to discuss central aspects of the history of anthropological theory and be able to make use of such knowledge in the construction of contemporary anthropological problems.

More information


Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 631, 751 26 UPPSALA


Course administration


Telephone: +46 18 471 22 13