SOSANT2000 – Central themes in contemporary anthropology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

This course presents central thematic areas and theoretical questions in contemporary anthropological research. It builds on the institute’s basic BA courses and aims to lay a foundation for further specialization, first through the bachelor essay and, eventually, in the Masters course and fieldwork.

The course covers a range of more recent anthropological topics such as:

  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Globalisation
  • Migration
  • Neoliberalism
  • Nature/Culture
  • Science and Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Digital Networks

  • Legacies of Colonialism and New Colonialisms

The lectures will situate these topics in the history of anthropology, but the course focuses in particular on recent texts, which broadly illustrate contemporary scholarship.

Learning outcome


  • overview of contemporary key areas and central texts
  • overview of important theoretical and methodological directions
  • understanding of theoretical diversity in contemporary anthropology
  • understanding of connections between diverse theoretical orientations


  • ability to place contemporary anthropological texts in relation to earlier orientations.
  • personal theoretical, methodological and thematic interests within a disciplinary context
  • ability to appreciate disciplinary diversity, and place ones interests within wither theoretical orientations

General competence

  • to be able to present social scientific material clearly and analytically
  • ability to critically interrogate others’ anthropological studies


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed the following courses:


This course combines lectures and seminars throughout the semester. Submissions in Canvas and participation in the seminars are necessary to meet the compulsory requirements.


Compulsory elements: 

  • Summary papers of around 500 words before the seminars. Minimum requirement: submission of 5 out of 6 summary papers in Canvas by the announced deadlines.
  • At least one oral presentation in class or by uploaded recording. 

Summary papers and oral presentation will be assessed as ‘Approved/Not approved’. Students must have their summary papers and oral presentation approved in order to sit for the exam.  


  • 3 summary papers submitted in Inspera as a single document. Students are to choose what they consider their 3 strongest summary papers, revised after feedback in seminars, and submit as their written exam.

Previous exams and examiner guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may submit your summary papers in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not submitting your exam on the submission deadline, we offer a extended deadline.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Every spring
Every spring
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