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Current Anthropological Research: Anthropology of Displacement

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


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.

Theme Autumn 2022

"Displacement" most often refers to the process of fleeing one's home owing to violence and, as such, is widely associated with refugees. This course, however, suggests that dis-place-ment conveys much more widely human experiences. These include the meaning of place; home, safety, and belonging; the search for roots and origins; and how experiences of rupture can upend people's capacities to thrive. Topics explored will include, among others: border crossing; place and place-making; displacement in place; the uncanny; and exile. 

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


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Introductory courses in Social Anthropology

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Open to students at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures/seminars, and could also contain field trip and/or presentations

2-4 hours per week 5-10 weeks, 12-16 hours in total

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Take home exam, 5 days. Words: 3000 (+/- 10 %)

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester

Reading List

The reading list will be ready before 3 May for the autumn semester

Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses

Course Administrator

Department of Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.


Department of Social Anthropology


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home examination

    Assignment handed out
    07.11.2022, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    11.11.2022, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam