Humanities electives

The humanities electives are replaced by internationalisation electives

From the autumn semeter 2019, the humanities electives will be replaced by the new English-language  Internationalisation electives. 

Like the humanities electives, these new electives are offered across the Faculty of Arts. The content of the electives may have an international perspective, but also be of research and interdisciplinary nature.

You will find more information about the internationalisation electives on this page, which will be updated regularly with new information.

Humanities electives are interdisciplinary courses of relevance to all humanities BA students at Arts. Humanities electives are available in the third semester of your Bachelor's degree programme.

It is your own responsibility to register for humanities electives. Go to mit.au.dk (self-service) to do so during the course registration period.

You can also register for for humanities electives at the AU Summer University.

When you register for an elective course, you automatically register for the corresponding exam as well. After the deadline your registration is binding. You will no longer be able to withdraw from or change your elective course.

You can find the courses in our course catalouge by searching on 'humfag'.

Workload and examination

Workload

All humanities electives carry a weighting of 10 ECTS credits. The ECTS weighting reflects the total number of working hours students are expected to put into the humanities elective including both classroom and exam activities (preparation, group work, attending lectures, exam papers etc.). This means that students are expected to work the same number of hours during the semester, regardless of the number of hours of teaching offered in any specific humanities elective.

1 ECTS credit corresponds to 27 hours of work. As a humanities elective carries a weighting of 10 ECTS credits, you can thus expect a total workload of approx. 270 hours over the course of the semester.

Forms of examination for humanities electives

All humanities electives are graded and assessed by an internal co-examiner (as decided by the directors of studies). The type of exam is decided by the teacher, but ordinary exams always take one of the following forms:

1.      Take-home assignment on a topic of the student’s choice
Students complete a written take-home assignment on a topic they choose themselves amounting to 8-12 standard pages (each page being 2,400 characters including notes). The text and notes are included in the number of standard pages, but not the front page, table of contents and bibliography. Written assignments that do not comply with these stipulations cannot be accepted for assessment.

The assignment may be written in a group of up to five students, but it must be possible to assess the contribution of each individual student (this does not include the introduction and conclusion).

Length:
One student: 8-12 pages
Two students: 18-22 pages
Three students: 28-32 pages
Four students: 38-42 pages
Five students: 48-52 pages

The topic and method used in the assignment must be relevant in relation to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the teacher/supervisor.

2.      Take-home assignment with a portfolio
The number of assignments, their form (individual and/or group-based, written, set or on a topic of the student’s choice etc.) as well as the deadline for submission will be announced in writing on Blackboard and orally by the teacher at the beginning of the semester. The total length of the portfolio is 8-12 standard pages (each page being 2,400 characters including notes).

The assignment may be written in a group of up to five students, but it must be possible to assess the contribution of each individual student in the group.

Length:
One student: 8-12 pages
Two students: 18-22 pages
Three students: 28-32 pages
Four students: 38-42 pages
Five students: 48-52 pages

The text and notes are included in the number of standard pages, but not the front page, table of contents and bibliography.
Written assignments that do not comply with these stipulations cannot be accepted for assessment.

3.      Take-home assignment on a topic of the student’s choice with a product
A practical product (e.g. a video, website or leaflet) must be produced in connection with/in extension of the teaching. The scope and nature of the product must be relevant in relation to the content of the course and are subject to approval by the teacher/supervisor. The product must be accompanied by a critical report of 5-6 standard pages (each page being 2,400 characters including notes) which explains the profile of the product in relation to a relevant academic discussion, a theoretical perspective or an academic tradition, giving reasons for the choices that have been made and placing them in an academic context. 

The product may be produced by a group of up to five students, but it must be possible to assess the contribution of each individual student in the group.

Length:
One student: 5-6 pages
Two students: 10-12 pages
Three students: 15-18 pages
Four students: 20-24 pages
Five students: 25-30 pages

The text and notes are included in the number of standard pages, but not the front page, table of contents and bibliography.
Written assignments that do not comply with these stipulations cannot be accepted for assessment.

4.      Oral examination
Students draw a question within the area of the humanities elective concerned. 30 minutes are allowed for preparation, and the examination lasts 30 minutes including discussion of the grade to be awarded. Reflections on products which have been prepared as part of the teaching may be included in the oral examination.

5.      Set, take-home assignment
Students produce a written assignment of 8-12 standard pages (each page being 2,400 characters including notes) based on one or more questions within the area of the humanities elective concerned. The written assignment must be completed within five days.

The text and notes are included in the number of standard pages, but not the front page, table of contents and bibliography.
Written assignments that do not comply with these stipulations cannot be accepted for assessment.

Participation in teaching/prerequisite for taking the exam

Class participation may be a prerequisite for students wishing to take the ordinary exam. If there is such a prerequisite, the boards of studies have decided that re-examinations should be in the form of a set, take-home assignment (see number 5 above).

Prerequisites for doing exams in humanities electives

Students can only take this exam subject to regular, active and satisfactory participation in the teaching. “Regular” means participating in at least 75% of the available lessons. “Active” and “satisfactory” mean that the student participates satisfactorily in the teaching activities conducted during the course. At the start of the semester the teacher will present the teaching activities in which students are expected to participate, as well as the requirements regarding what will be construed as “satisfactory” participation.

If the exam form includes prerequisites for doing the exam, the board of study has decided that re-exams are held in accordance with exam form 5 (set, take-home assignment).

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