Contemporary Anthropological Theory

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS370
HT 2020
Study period: 2020-08-31 - 2020-09-30
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2020-06-10 - 2020-08-24

Course description

The course aims to present major debates and themes in contemporary social anthropological theory. Focus is upon concepts, research questions and results. The course highlights contemporary analytical and theoretical perspectives in social anthropology and discusses how these problematize key issues in the discipline. The course also aims to discuss how analytical innovation is connected to earlier theoretical developments in the discipline and to assess how this innovation relates to broader changes in society.

Target group

The course is mandatory for PhD students in Social Anthropology at SGS.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

General entrance requirements for studies in the third cycle.


The course is limited to five participants, with the following priorities:

1. PhD students in Social Anthropology at School of Global studies, University of Gothenburg

2. PhD students in Social Anthropology at other Swedish universities

Other information

The course is given online.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Generic skills courses


Anthropological theory, antropologisk teori