autumn 2021
HIF-3620 Indigenous Revitalization - Languages, Literature and Arts - 10 ECTS

Last changed 09.08.2022

Application deadline

Exhange students Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Type of course

Compulsory course for all students attending the Master Programme in Indigenous Studies. Optional for students attending Master Programmes in Literature.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification,or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within social sciences, humanities, in education or in the social practice of law. An average grade equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.

Application code: 9371(Nordic applicants)

Course overlap

Du vil få en reduksjon i antall studiepoeng (som oppgitt under), dersom du avlegger eksamen i dette emnet og har bestått følgende emne(r) fra før av:

HIF-3620 Representations and self-representations 10 stp

Course content

The course will focus on how language and cultural expressions have played an important role in the revitalization process of indigenous cultures that has taken place over the last four decades. Indigenous languages and linguistic rights. Emphasis will be placed on one or more of the following areas during a particular semester: 

  • Indigenous languages and linguistic rights.
  • Traditional knowledge and the arts. 
  • Literature, the arts and new symbols of self-expression.
  • Analytical skills will be developed through participation in class. 

Objectives of the course


Depending on the focus on language, arts, and/or literature during a particular semester, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of linguistic and cultural expressions in the context of the recent analytical approaches to the study of indigenous cultures
  • Gain insight in how language and cultural expressions have played an important role in the revitalization process of indigenous cultures that has taken place over the last four decades.
  • Develop a better understanding of indigenous methodology. This part of the course complements IND-3025 and IND-3026. 


Students can;

  • Consider expressions specific to Sami and other indigenous people shared in a larger global indigenous perspective.
  • Develop competence in using theoretical approaches and methods appropriate for the analysis of indigenous literature, the visual arts and other media, and/or for the analysis of compelling linguistic issues.
  • Demonstrate orally and in writing the ability to analyze a range of linguistic and cultural expressions.


Students shall:

  • Apply the acquired skills and knowledge to produce high quality academic work, both orally and in writing. 

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

This course is interdisciplinary and taught by instructors with specialties in one or more of the following areas: literature, art science, linguistics, film, and or/ and culture studies.

Teaching Methods:

Lectures and seminars. Summary at the end of the course in a round table discussion.

All courses undergo an evaluation once in a 3-year period at the bachelor's level. The Programme Board determines which programme options will be evaluated per year, and which courses will be evaluated by the students and the teacher per year.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Assessment method: 6-hour school exam.

Coursework requirement:

  • One essay (1200-1500 words) that focuses on one or more of the texts on the reading list. This requirement is evaluated as approved/not approved. 
  • Participation in the round table discussion held at the end of the course (scheduled for one double hour).

Students must have both coursework requirements approved to qualify for the final exam.

Performance in the course will be assessed with the grades A-F. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-examination is offered in the event of an F-grade. The deadline to register for re-examination is 15 January for the autumn semester and 15 August for the spring semester.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: HIF-3620
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet