spring 2021
IND-3013 GENI - Applied Research Project - 5 ECTS

Last changed 22.08.2021

Type of course

The student must be enrolled in the Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI).

Obligatory prerequisites

IND-3012 GENI - Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics

Course content

The GENI Applied Research Project builds on the research proposal and brief literature review completed in the "GENI Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics" course. In cooperation with the course instructor, an academic supervisor, and a host supervisor, students negotiate a final research contract.

The research project must have academic merit but also serve the needs of the host. In most cases, the methodology will consist of a knowledge synthesis; a case study; a program evaluation; a feasibility study; a needs assessment; or some combination of the above.

Students work with their academic supervisors to ensure their literature review is sufficient and that the Norwegian Centre for Research Data has been notified of any personal data processing included in the project plan.

Students undertake largely independent research, ideally on site with the host, and complete a final written report.

Objectives of the course

The Applied Research Project sharpens students' research skills. It provides professional experience working with industry, government, indigenous organizations and institutions, and other organizations and stakeholders. It fosters students' professional networks and illustrates a positive research relationship by serving the research needs of northern community organizations and other stakeholders.

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • a deeper knowledge of at least one particular theme of the program
  • an understanding of the potential challenges and benefits of merging academic and applied research
  • substantial knowledge of their host institution and the surrounding professional network


The student is able to / can:

  • collaborate and communicate effectively with different stakeholders
  • select appropriate research methods to meet a specific research requirement, in consideration of time limitations
  • gather research data, largely or wholly independently
  • write clearly and concisely


The student can:

  • develop a research plan suitable to both academic and institutional stakeholders
  • produce a research report that is acceptable both to an academic and non-academic audience

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course contains no lectures or seminars, but students gain knowledge through meetings with the course instructor and their academic and host supervisors, and through feedback on their draft reports.

The course is offered in an extended spring semester.


The exam will consist of a research project report of approximately 4,000 words.

  • The report should include content from the research proposal and the literature review completed as a final assignment for the "GENI Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics" course. New material should therefore make up only about half of the final report (approximately 2000 words).
  • The final submission should address comments and suggestions made by academic and host supervisors to the draft, submitted as part of the obligatory course work.

The applied grading of the report is passed or failed

Retake is offered  in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F or Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is August 20.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Digitalt | Annet |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: IND-3013