autumn 2018
BNS120 Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World - 15 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

Subject can be taken as single course. The course is a compulsary course for Bachelor of Northern Studies.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.  

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Admission code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

BNS122X Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World 2 10 stp
BNS121X Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World 1 10 stp

Objectives of the course

Objectives: Building competence on the peoples and cultures of the circumpolar world with a special focus on indigenous peoples and the Barents region.


  • On indigenous peoples in the Circumpolar North
  • On history, identity and culture
  • On mass culture and the role of media in forming identities


  • The ability to approach culture and cultural differences
  • To analyse the interplay between community changes and culture
  • To understand indigenous perspectives compared to western ones

General competence

  • In a multidisciplinary approach to peoples and cultures
  • In cross-cultural adaptations in the Circumpolar North
  • In peoples and cultures of the Barents region

Language of instruction and examination



Work requirements:

Answers to given module questions. The answers have to be approved byresponsible teacher before the students are allowed to do the final exam.


A final written home based exam:- Available time: 3 days - Extent. 5 to 6 pages - Font: Times New Roman, 12 pkt., line spacing 1,5. Margins; right,top and bottom 2 cm, left 4 cm. - Grading: scale A ¿ F, with F for failed.

 Possibility of re-sit exam in case of F

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Online | Annet |
  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: BNS120
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