SANT2023 - Anthropology of Organisations and Sustainability


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours E

Course content

How shall we understand sustainability, a new concern for protecting the planet, within the context of the modern business and governmental organisation that has operated over the past several centuries with only sparse reference to safeguarding the earth? In this course you will learn to recognize how modern business, government and ecological concerns are articulated and perceived in different cultural contexts. Contemporary notions of nature are entangled with concepts of personhood, risk, and cosmological orderings of humans and nonhumans but also with the way the modern organisations establish notions of resource management, climate science, consumption practices, and environmental ethics. With the contemporary environmental crisis as our backdrop we will examine critical appraisals of options for studying new interactions between organisations, risk, modernisation and the environment.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, you will:

  • obtain an understanding of definitions of sustainability, organisations, and environmental risk as anthropological concepts
  • obtain an understanding of practices by government and business organisations in creating an ecological footprint in different scales and historical times
  • learn how ethnography can contribute to an understanding of the cultures of work and business within an era of sustainability
  • learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various actions for sustainability in different organisational settings
  • acquire an ability to communicate effectively about the meanings of sustainability and organisations in your life

Learning methods and activities

Combination of lectures, seminar discussion and field projects.

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

Mandatory activity

The mandatory activity in this course is field projects participation. You'll find more information in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. The mandatory activity will be assessed as approved or not approved, and has to be approved in order to be qualified for the exam.

SANT2022 and SANT2023

Minimum one course will be offered in the spring semester. Which course/s that is offered will be announced in the course description.

Compulsory assignments

  • Field projects participation

Further on evaluation

The examination consists of a portfolio exam that counts 40 percent of the grade, and a written exam of 4 hours that counts 60 percent of the grade. The exam must be written in English.

Retake exam

It is possible to retake the exam. The examination is offered both semesters. The mandatory assignments 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.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

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: Portfolio assessment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 E 2022-12-22 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Portfolio assessment 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS School exam 60/100 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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