autumn 2022
SOA-1006 Arctic Norway - Aspects of Culture - 10 ECTS

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 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:

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

Course content

The anthropological perspective in the course focuses on cultural and political 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 dialogic transformation, 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 impact minority, economic and political position, complexities in identity formation and different types of representation.

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 study

Language of instruction and examination

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.

Information to incoming exchange students

There are no academic prerequisites to add this module in your Learning Agreement

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


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam Utlevering: 17.11.2022 kl. 09:00
Innlevering: 24.11.2022 kl. 13:00
7 Days A–E, fail F
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Re-sit examination

The course is open for re-sit examination if there are students that due to sickness are entitled to a postponed examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: SOA-1006
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet