SANT2900 - Bachelor Essay - Social Anthropology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Bachelor thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Bachelor thesis 100/100

Course content

How do you write an anthropological text? In this course, you are challenged to transform the knowledge and skills from the various parts of the bachelor's study into a scientific text. You are free to choose the topic for your bachelor's thesis. However, the assignment must be literature-based, without fieldwork.

The main objective of the course is to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned throughout your studies in an academically fruitful way. You must justify your choice of topic based on what anthropologists have already done in the field, with reference to certain syllabus texts and/or lectures that are part of the bachelor's program in social anthropology. A significant part of the learning outcome for the course is linked to the actual writing and research process. Among other things, this also entails making use of guidance and critical input during the work and giving constructive criticism to others. Together with the disciplinary grounding and the writing experience itself, you will find that the experience in giving and getting constructive feedback on text drafts is useful in your later work.

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 knowledge of central social anthropological concepts and theories in the study of culture and society.
  • understand the elementary steps in anthropological argumentation and analysis.
  • understand the relationship between analysis and theoretical orientation.
  • are familiar with both general norms for the use of written sources and the disciplinary citation and reference practices.


  • have developed basic skills to formulate a research question.
  • can organize the different elements in an anthropological analysis.
  • have the ability to identify and review literature relevant for the topic.
  • know how to apply comments and constructive critisism to improve your own text.
  • give comments on other student texts in different stages of the writing process.
  • have experience with presenting your work orally.

General knowledge

  • ability to think independently, critically and logically.
  • ability to carry out a scientific analysis.
  • developed ability to critically read both finished texts and work in progress.
  • know how to present disciplinary knowledge in an orderly manner, both orally and in writing.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars and supervision. After you have decided which topic you want to write about in your essay, you will get a supervisor from the department that will help and guide you in developing your project further and all the way to the finish product.

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved research question

Further on evaluation

The exam in this course is a bachelor essay of approx. 6000 words (+/- 10 %). The essay can be written in Norwegian, English or another Scandinavian language.

The mandatory activity in this course is to present your research question in a seminar. More information about the presentation will be available in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. The mandatory activity will be assessed as approved or not approved. In order to be able to present your final essay to the exam committee, the mandatory activity has to be approved.

Retake exam

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

Required previous knowledge

Minimum 60 credits in courses from Social Anthropology, where minimum 15 credits are from a 2000-level course. The required previous knowledge must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SANT2000 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: -

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: Bachelor thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Bachelor thesis 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Bachelor thesis 100/100 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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