autumn 2017
SVF-8059 Theorizing and applying critical indigenous philosophies - 5 ECTS

Last changed 19.01.2018

Application deadline

1 August for Ph.D.-students from UiT the Arctic University of Norway

1 June for Ph.D.-students from other universities and participants at UiT Associate Professors Programme. Application code 9304.

Type of course

This is a PhD singular course open to doctoral degree students.

Admission requirements

PhD students or participants at UiT Associate Professors Programme who holding a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted.

PhD students from other universities must upload a document from their home institution stating that there are registered PhD students.

The course has 20 seats. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available on the PhD course, applicants will be ranked from category 1 to 3.

Category 1: People admitted to the PhD programme at UiT

Category 2: Participants in the Associate Professor programme that fulfil the educational requirements

Category 3: Doctoral students from other universities

Course content

The course will focus on theories of knowledge and different knowledge systems, the application of knowledge and different approaches to indigenous methodologies, as well as how these can be integrated and applied as analytical tools in indigenous research.

Objectives of the course

By the end of the course the student has obtained the following:


Knowledge: The student has

  • an overview of the history of indigenous research and methodologies, and of their place in the history of science and philosophy.
  • insights into challenges related to different and complex forms of knowledge, and into the application and communication of traditional and indigenous knowledge.


Skills: The student is able to / can

  • analyze and compare the complexity of indigenous contexts taking into account the different colonial histories and current situations.
  • apply findings and challenges from indigenous methodologies in context specific research projects, including boundaries and problems.
  • consider and discuss the use of indigenous methodologies and philosophies in research.
  • reflect upon his/her role as researcher and on the ethical discussions of doing research on indigenous issues.


Competence: The student is able to / may

  • recognise the complexity of indigenous contexts and take them as starting points for research, as well as letting the research be informed by indigenous methodologies.
  • apply the subject-specific discussions on comprehending methodological approaches and ethics to understanding the development of indigenous rights.
  • assess the appropriateness and application of methodological approaches in the normative struggle of promoting indigenous rights.
  • compare the complexity of indigenous situations, and to participate in high-level discussions about different methodological approaches.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will be a three-day course wherein lectures, workshops, and peer-learning sessions will be the teaching methods. The lectures aim to provide an overview of main issues, to initiate discussion, and to set an agenda. The workshops aim to bring together experiences from different disciplines, research projects, and indigenous contexts. They also aim to let the candidates develop and increase their knowledge through conversations and encounters. The peer-learning sessions provide the candidates with the opportunity to have and give feedback on their own writing.


Coursework requirements: 80 % attendance, an abstract of 1/2 page must be delivered in beforehand. Based on the abstract the candidate must present a 10-15 minutes talk during the course. After the course, this presentation must developed into the exam paper.

After the course session, the candidate is to finalize the exam paper. The exam is to produce a text (paper) of 3000-5000 words. The exam paper will be assessed according to prevailing rules. Marks: Pass or Fail.

If the paper fails, the Faculty will arrange a re-sit exam.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Required reading list will be developed.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SVF-8059
  • Tilleggsinformasjon