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JUR-3621 Indigenous Peoples rights to land, resources and livelihood - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Det juridiske fakultet

Type of course

Indigenous Peoples rights to land, resources and livelihood (in national and international law) is offered in the spring semester.

This course specification should be seen together with the Program Specification for the Joint Master's Degree in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) UiT-The Arctic University of Norway and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. 

The student must be enrolled in the GENI-program at either UiT-The Arctic University of Norway or University of Saskatchewan.

Course contents

For students on the Master programme, the course builds upon their knowledge of indigenous issues acquired during in their undergraduate education. The course offers the students an overview of the status of protection of the rights indigenous peoples to enjoy their culture, lands and livelihood in international and national law (Norway). The teaching will thus be based on international legal instruments of relevance to indigenous peoples such as, among others, the 1989 ILO Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 2007 United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. National law protecting indigenous livelihood in Norway will also have a wide place in the course.

Objective of the course

Student acquired knowledge:

Having passed the exam, the student has:


Student acquired skills:

Having passed the exam, the student will:


Student acquired competence

Having passed the exam, the student will

Language of instruction

All teaching will be in English.

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of a combination of lectures and seminars and exercises, comprising a total of 20 hours. The students will receive the lectures as interactive video-distance teaching.

The students are expected to be prepared and active during the seminars in discussing legal approaches to the issues at hand. Students are expected to study independently in periods of no seminars or lectures.


The course is assessed through a written home exam (ten days), written in English. The exam may include theoretical and/or scenario questions.

The course includes a small, mandatory paper, and only students who have completed this requirement is eligible to take the exam.

The grading scale of A to F is applied, where F constitutes fail. Students who fail their examination are entitled to re-sit the examination, cf. Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø Sec. 22.

Date for examination

Take-home examination hand out date 15.05.2019 hand in date 29.05.2019

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

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