autumn 2019

KVI-2517 Sami Art - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 14.01.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

The course is optional and may be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Previous courses in art history is recommended but not a requirement.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (generell studiekompetanse) or prior learning and work experience (realkompetanse).

Application code (Nordic applicants): 9199

Course content

This course introduces students to the artistic production of northern indigenous peoples, with particular focus on Sámi art. The concept of art is here understood in a broad sense, and includes, among others, traditional and new media, decorated objects (with or without practical functions) and architecture. The course establishes a basic terminological, methodological, ethical and theoretical framework that involves a discussion and problematizing of concepts such as "indigenous", "modern" and "contemporary", for example. In our analyses, we connect art works to debates and theories relevant to current discourses in the disciplines of art history, indigenous studies and the broader humanities. 

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


After completing the course, students will have developed knowledge and understanding in the areas listed below:

  • Sámi art (dáidda, duodji, architecture) in recent times.
  • The establishment of an institutional framework for Sámi art (through for example art schools, centres, exhibitions, criticism, collections and architecture).
  • Examples of art produced by other indigenous peoples in Northern and Arctic areas.
  • Central categories and definitions relating to Sámi and indigenous art and their effect on art historical practice.


After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Work independently with research problems and debated art historical problems.
  • Discuss and problematize indigenous art, contemporary art, duodji, design and public architecture in the context of Sámi and other relevant cultures.
  • Communicate art historical research problems, analyses, and interpretations of indigenous art of the northern areas to specialists and to the general public.
  • Structure and formulate complex academic discussions.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. Students` coursework and exam may be submitted in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Teaching methods

The course is organized in three seminars, with each extending over two days. The seminars take place at the beginning, middle and end of the semester and amounts to a total of about 26-30 hours.

The course employs a number of teaching methods, ranging from dialogic lectures to group discussions and presentations with an active use of visual media. We also visit museum and gallery exhibitions in order to view and discuss works of art in situ. Lecturers give individual and collective guidance to students.


During the course, students prepare a 15-minute oral presentation, or write an essay of about four pages (à 2300 characters).

The exam will consist of:

Students write an essay of about eight pages (à 2300 characters), which is due at the end of the course. This essay is evaluated by two examiners and marked on a scale ranging from A to F. (A-E for passed and F for failed).

Students are allowed to re-sit the exam if they have failed (grade F).  Retake is offered in 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 January 15 for autumn semester exams and August 15 for spring semester exams.

Date for examination

Take-home assignment hand in date 28.11.2019

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

KVI-2516 Sámi Art and Handcraft/duodji 10 stp
KVI-2516 Indigenous Art 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for KVI-2517 Sámi Art

Ingeborg Høvik

Ingeborg Høvik

Førsteamanuensis kunsthistorie
Telefon: +4777645689

Kari Torill Guldahl ISK

Guldahl, Kari Torill

Studiekonsulent for medie- og dokumentasjonsvitenskap, kunsthistorie
Telefon: +4777644263