Syllabus for Contemporary Debates and Developments in Cultural Anthropology

Contemporary Debates and Developments in Cultural Anthropology

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


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.


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


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

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