SOSANT2210 – Multiculturalism and the politics of identity

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Course content

This course provides students with a basic introduction to anthropological perspectives on multiculturalism and identity politics. We will discuss differing conceptions of multicultural processes and society as well as different forms of identity politics.

We will focus on what processes make identity political and how relations between more or less political identities are negotiated. The course looks at central anthropological questions within these areas of research.

Relevant examples are:

  • minority issues and the historical or daily construction of ethnic/religious Identity
  • national identity and citizenship

Each will be illustrated through empirical examples from various regions of the world.

Learning outcome


  • Understanding of what social anthropology can contribute to the study of multiculturalism and identity politics.
  • Insight into experiences, motivations and social contexts that contribute to politicizing identity.
  • Insight into social processes that create/reduce/hinder conflicts of political identity.
  • Knowledge about the empirical variation in multicultural societies and processes of identity politics. • Knowledge about fundamental analytical models and models of explanation in fieldwork sites.


  • Increased ability to reflect critically on the themes of multiculturalism and identity politics.
  • The ability to reflect on the use of anthropological methods.
  • The ability to present anthropological insight in a clear manner.


  • The ability to produce an anthropological analysis.
  • Knowledge of the ground rules for integrity, including correct use of sources in an anthropological text.


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The course is made up of a series of 10 lectures.


Take-home exam.

Previous exams

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. 
You find the explanation in Inspera.

Ask for an explanation of your grade

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

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






Spring 2015

This course is offered irregularly.


Spring 2015

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