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autumn 2018

HIS-3005 History of Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous people, ethnic minorities and the multi-cultural society in the North - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 26.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

Type of course

The course is offered to history and teacher training students at Master's level, to students at the Master's programme in Indigenous Studies and is appropriate for master students in other social science, law studies and humanities disciplines.

The course cannot be taken as a singular course

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree with a specialization of at least 80 credits in history or equivalent education (ref. Admission for Master's degree in history). Grade requirement C in academic discipline specialization. The course is also open to students who meet the admission requirements for the master level of other humanities and social sciences. 

Course content

The course comprises theoretical and empirical aspects related to the history of indigenous peoples. The empirical focus will be on the history of the Sami peoples from the Middle Ages to the political revival of indigenous peoples during the later part of the 20th century. It will also look at multi-cultural societies in North-Western Europe and aspects in connection with the relation between majority/minority and nation. The history of the Sami will be compared with the history of colonialism and the revival of some indigenous societies around the world. The course ends by focusing on the development of indigenous peoples and other ethnic groups` revival movements at the local, national and global level.

Objectives of the course

The students will have the following learning outcomes:


The students will learn:

  • central categories and definitions within the area of indigenous peoples and ethnicity, and aspects in connection with the relation between majority/minority and nation in the North-Western Europe
  • the history of the Sami peoples from the Middle Ages to the present day
  • the history of indigenous peoples in a global perspective


The students will be able to:

  • work with both theoretical and empirical aspects of the history of colonialism from the time of conquest to the political revival of indigenous peoples during the later part of the 20th century
  • compare the history of colonialism and revival of some indigenous societies around the world
  • discuss and problematize the categories ethnic minority, indigenous peoples and ethnicity in different historical contexts


The students will have:

  • the skills and competences of central theories and methods to analyse the emergence of indigenous peoples' movements at the local, national and global level
  • a critical view of the human past through in-course discussion
  • an independent ability to communicate historical research problems, analyses and conclusions about the history of the Sami with both specialists and the general public
  • the ability to structure and formulate complex academic discussions

Language of instruction

Language of instruction is English. Language of examination is English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

To achieve the central learning targets, the course will have multiple teaching approaches; lectures, discussions, and collective and individual guidance.

All courses will be evaluated once during the period of the study program. The board of the program decides which courses will be evaluated by students and teacher each year. 


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:

Students are expected to write one mandatory assignment during the course, approx. 2-3 pages (approx. 1000 words) which must be approved before they can attend the exams.

The exam will consist of:

Students will write one 8-10 page home exam (approx. 4000 words). The home exam is to be submitted within a seven days/one week deadline.

The exam will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed.

In case of an F grade, an exam retake is offered at the beginning of the following semester. 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/deferred exam is 15th January for spring semester exams and 15th August for autumn semester exams.

Date for examination

Take home assignment hand out date 03.12.2018 hand in date 10.12.2018

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


Recommended reading/syllabus

750 pages total.

Recommended reading list/syllabus will be provided at the start of the semester


Måseide, Isak

Studiekonsulent (historie)
Telefon: +4777644294 isak.maseide@uit.no