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240510 SE Cultures of Northern Fennoscandia (P3, P4) (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 22.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 12.11. 11:30 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 03.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 07.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 21.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 28.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Participation at the first session is obligatory. This course is a regular seminar AND a preparation for a field practicum to Northern Fennoscandia in the summer semester 2020. The field practicum will consist of a trip through northern Finland, Sweden and Norway in the course of which students will carry out minor fieldwork. Potential participants in the field practicum are strongly encouraged to participate. At the same time, you can participate in the course without planning to join the field practicum.

Aims, contents and method of the course
Firstly, this course aims to provide an overview over the basic social, cultural and economic features of Northern Fennoscandia and how these have been dealt with in the anthropological literature. This will be accomplished mainly through lectures during the first part of the course. The second and main part of the course, which has a seminar character, will deal with current environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues and developments such as resource extraction, infrastructure development, indigenous issues, tourism, and climate change. Students will choose one of the suggested or a self-chosen topic, and present and discuss anthropological perspectives on how to approach it.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral presentations and discussion of relevant anthropological literature will make up 40% of the grade. A mandatory seminar paper will count for 50% of the grade. The remaining 10% will be determined by course participation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to receive a passing grade, you need at least 60 points. A 'sehr gut' requires at least 90 out of 100 points (a 'gut' at least 80 points, etc.). Given the mixture of lectures and seminars, we will enforce attendance requirements primarily in the second half of the course (that is, October and November).

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). From winter term 2019/20 the plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.

Examination topics

There will be no exams.

Reading list

Will be provided later.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21