Undergraduate course

The Frontier of Anthropological Research

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSANT280-13
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study

Bachelor level

Semester of Instruction

Spring 2018

Objectives and Content

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to a specific area of contemporary anthropological investigation. Current research trends and recent theoretical developments are explored through critical discussions with emphasis on anthropology's evolving engagement with the selected field. The course offers a unique opportunity to be acquainted with diverse aspects - methodological, epistemological and theoretical - of the research process, aspects that lie at the very basis of anthropological analysis and practice, and of ethnographic production.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • provide an overview of the field of study addressed in the course, with particular reference to its history and theoretical and methodological debates in social anthropology


  • explain the current state-of-art of research in the field of study addressed in the course
  • explain the various methodological and theoretical considerations that must be taken in order to further develop the field of study

General competence

  • apply key concepts and perspectives from the course and its field of study independently, in the understanding and analysis of local and global processes
  • apply an understanding of the correlation and difference between empirical data, theory and analysis in text production

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

This subject is open to students at University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods


2-4 hours per week

3-5 weeks

10 hours in total

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

5 days take home exam

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Spring 2018

Course Evaluation

All courses are regularly evaluated according to UiBĀ“s quality assurance system.


Contact Information

Department of Social Anthropology

Fosswinckelsgate 6

5007 Bergen

E-post: Studieveileder@sosantr.uib.no

Home page: http://www.uib.no/antro/

Phone: +47 55 58 92 50

Fax: +47 55 58 92 60