Anthropological Engagement

Third-cycle level | 5.0 credits | Course code: SFGS371
HT 2020
Study period: 2020-11-10 - 2020-11-30
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2020-09-14 - 2020-11-01

Course description

The course aims to give an overview of anthropology’s varied ways of engaging with the world and to identify the core scientific problems and ethical challenges that these present. The course covers various ways of regarding the applicability of anthropological knowledge and addresses issues of responsibility in different thematic fields. It also examines experiences of interdisciplinary work, collaborating with informants, disseminating results and engaging in public debate. Finally, the course discusses the potential and limitations of anthropological engagement from different theoretical approaches and it highlights the methodological and ethical implications of anthropology’s role in modern 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 nine 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

3. PhD students in Social Anthropology in Denmark and Norway

Other information

The course runs over appr. three weeks and will be given online.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Generic skills courses


Tillämpad antropologi, Offentlig debatt, Samarbete, Etik, Applied Anthropology, Public debate, Collaboration, Ethics

CONTACTSteffen Jöhncke