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autumn 2019

SOA-1006 Arctic Norway - Aspects of Culture - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 28.02.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 15 April

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular course.

Bachelor students in Social Anthropology with exam from SOA-1005 (Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på samisk samfunn og kultur), will not be able to combine SOA-1005 with SOA-1006 due to 50% overlap in litterature.

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.


Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

The anthropological perspective in the course focuses on interethnic dynamics in the region as they unfold between people of Saami, Norwegian and Finnish origins with main focus on the Saami situation. Historical processes of mutual adaptations, and changing public policies, are related to contemporary manifestations of cultural variations and ethnic revitalisation.

After a period of Norwegian enforcement of Saami assimilation, the cultural and ethnic revitalisation now taking place signifies a major change in ethnic relationships in the North. Different aspects of this general political development will be debated.

The course considers social, cultural and religious characteristics that may have impact on the economic and political position of the minority, complexities in identity formation and different types of representations of the minorities.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcome:


  • have basic knowledge about the cultural complexity of Northern Norway with special focus on the historical and contemporary situation of the minorities of the region
  • have basic knowledge of the main ecological adaptive strategies over time, and some basic knowledge of the complexity and varying challenges in economics, cultural expressions and rights issues in a global context


  • have skills in reading ethnographic texts and other scientific papers and relating them analytically to each other
  • have skills in analysing different types of representations with special focus on museum exhibitions


  • improved analytical competence and particularly analytically understanding of processes related to cultural similarities and differences in the area of focus
  • have competence in communicating and discussing different explanations of social phenomena
  • be able to use concepts and theories related to ethnicity in their analysis in further studi

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English. The examination should be written in English, but can also be written in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Teaching methods

Approximately 20 hours of lectures and one excursion to Tromsø Museum.


The final exam is a take-home examination. The examination is based on a given topic at the end of the semester. Students have one week to complete the eximination. Approximate length: 3500 words (about 10 pages).

Marking is according to a grading scale from A to F, where F is fail. Examination results will be announced in the StudentWeb at the latest three weeks after submission of the examination paper.

The course is open for re-sit examination if there are students that due to sickness are entitled to a postponed examination.

Date for examination

Take-home assignment hand out date 25.11.2019 hand in date 02.12.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

SVF-6011 Samisk kulturkunnskap med fokus på lulesamisk område 10 stp
SOA-1005 Anthropological perspectives on Saami society and culture 5 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for SOA 1006 - Arctic Norway