SANT1020 - History of Anthropology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

In this course, you are introduced to social anthropology through its history. You will get experience with a variety of different perspectives on society, culture, and human life.You learn about key thinkers, theories and perspectives that have shaped the discipline over the past 150 years, from early evolutionist anthropology to recent power-oriented approaches. Social anthropologists question, on the one hand, the relationship between individual and society and, on the other, how humans make meaning to their lives and the world through norms, values, practices, and the ways in which they organize themselves. The answers we have found through the course of history has not rose in a vacuum, and in this course, you will learn how the different perspectives throughout the history of the discipline respond to the intellectual climate and societal challenges of their own age. New times demands new perspectives, and new perspectives tends to create even more perspectives. You will learn about this dynamic development of the discipline through perspectives such as evolutionism, functionalism and structural functionalism, actor-oriented perspectives and process theory, political economy, feminist anthropology and post-colonial critique.

Learning outcome

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


  • has good knowledge to the distinctive and classical approaches on society and culture.
  • has good insight in central social anthropological works and how they build upon and at the same time differ from another.
  • has insight into the interaction between the disciplinary theory development and societal processes.


  • has a basic understanding of the dynamics in the disciplinary development.
  • is able to have a constructive and critical view on the academic texts.
  • has obtained skills in academic writing through working on the mandatory activities.

General competence

  • is able to critically assess the disciplinary perspectives, basis of knowledge and implications.
  • is able to think and write analytically, construct an argument, compare perspectives, recognize patterns and connections, discuss the implications of analytical approaches.
  • is able to question what we take for granted, such as our values, conduct and habits, and thus easier can relate to other ways of living.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Some of the lectures may be given in English.

Please note that mandatory activities and lectures may start prior to the registration deadline.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Mandatory activity in this course is one written assignment. More information regarding the mandatory activities will be available in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. The mandatory activities should be done individually and will be assessed as approved or not approved. In order to be qualified for the exam the mandatory assignment(s) has to be approved.

The examination consists of a 6 hour written exam. The exam can be written in Norwegian, English or another Scandinavian language.

Retake exam

It is possible to retake the exam. The examination is offered both semesters. The mandatory activities can only be taken in the semester the course is taught, so in order to retake the exam at a different semester, your assignments must be approved.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SANT2200 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Anthropology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Anthropology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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