SANT1021 - Key Concepts in Social 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

How we perceive and represent reality depends on the concepts and notions we employ to interpret and describe it. What are the differences using folk concepts and scientific concepts in describing, interpreting and debating society and culture? In this course, you acquire a basic conceptual framework to make an anthropological argument and explanation. Through course work, you are challenged to employ anthropological concepts to explain current societal and cultural issues.

Learning outcome

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


  • Have an overview of the ongoing debate on concepts, methods and theories within the discipline.
  • Have basic knowledge about central concepts in social anthropology and apply these to interprete current cultural and social phenomenon.

Skills and general competense

  • Being able to reflect on the relationship between multi-human and cultural experiences
  • Have developed a consiousness about the dynamic approaches to differences and similarities in peoples social life, and on the basis of this are able to interpret and produce ethnographic knowledge.

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.

Mandatory activity

You shall submit one written exercise in SANT1021. The written exercise consists of one blog text that is published in Blackboard during the semester. The text will be approved or not approved.

Information about the mandatory activities in this course will be available in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. In order to be qualified for the exam the mandatory assignment(s) has to be approved.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise(s) and submission(s) of paper(s) in seminars

Further on evaluation

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.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

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 (1) 100/100 E 2023-12-09 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 5
SL110 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 9
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 21
SL510 Sluppenvegen 14 30
SL122 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL324 Sluppenvegen 14 0
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 54
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-01 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 8
  • * 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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