autumn 2024
HIF-3620 Indigenous Revitalization - Languages, Literature and Arts - 10 ECTS

Type of course

Compulsory course for all students attending the Master Programme in Indigenous Studies. Optional for students attending Master Programmes in Literature.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within social sciences, humanities, in education or in the social practice of law. An average grade equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.

Application code: 9371(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:

HIF-3620 Representations and self-representations 10 ects

Course content

The course will focus on how language and cultural expressions have played an important role in the revitalization process of indigenous cultures that has taken place over the last four decades. Indigenous languages and linguistic rights. Emphasis will be placed on one or more of the following areas during a particular semester:

  • Indigenous languages and linguistic rights.
  • Traditional knowledge and the arts.
  • Literature, the arts and new symbols of self-expression.
  • Analytical skills will be developed through participation in class.

Objectives of the course


Depending on the focus on language, arts, and/or literature during a particular semester, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of linguistic and cultural expressions in the context of the recent analytical approaches to the study of indigenous cultures
  • Gain insight in how language and cultural expressions have played an important role in the revitalization process of indigenous cultures that has taken place over the last four decades.
  • Develop a better understanding of indigenous methodology. This part of the course complements IND-3025 and IND-3026.


Students can;

  • Consider expressions specific to Sami and other indigenous people shared in a larger global indigenous perspective.
  • Develop competence in using theoretical approaches and methods appropriate for the analysis of indigenous literature, the visual arts and other media, and/or for the analysis of compelling linguistic issues.
  • Demonstrate orally and in writing the ability to analyze a range of linguistic and cultural expressions.


Students shall:

  • Apply the acquired skills and knowledge to produce high quality academic work, both orally and in writing.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars. Summary at the end of the course in a round table discussion. This course is interdisciplinary and taught by instructors with specialties in one or more of the following areas: literature, art science, linguistics, film, and or/ and culture studies.

Quality assurance:

All courses undergo an evaluation once in a 3-year period at the bachelor's level. The Programme leader determines which programme options will be evaluated per year, and which courses will be evaluated by the students and the teacher per year.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty.



Examination: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 6 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Participation in the round table discussion Approved – not approved
Essay Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

  • One essay (1200-1500 words) that focuses on one or more of the texts on the reading list.
  • Participation in the round table discussion held at the end of the course (scheduled for one double hour).

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: HIF-3620
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet