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IND-3026 Methodology and Methods in Indigenous Studies - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Type of course

The course is mandatory for and restricted to students admitted to the Masters Programme in Indigenous Studies (MIS).

Course contents

This course follows up on the perspectives introduced in the IND-3025 course and aims to start a reflection on the methodology and methods in indigenous studies as well as in social sciences and humanities in general. It provides knowledge about and insight into the main methods of indigenous studies and offers a basis for the choice of method in the research project. The focus falls partially on the practical aspects of multidisciplinary research based on social sciences and humanities. Hence, the course prepares the students for the different stages of the research process related to the individual master's projects and give them an overview of the basic methodological tools as a preparation for collecting data.

The course presents the challenges raised by indigenous methodology, especially those related to aspects of the decolonization of research and methodology. Ethical considerations and reflexivity are emphasized in particular.

The course is highly relevant for the programme due to its overarching function.

The course is to be continuously evaluated by an appointed reference group. In addition, an anonymous online evaluation will take place on a regular basis.

Obligatory prerequisites

IND-3025 Introduction to Indigenous Studies

Objective of the course

The students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following outcomes:






Language of instruction

All lectures, readings, course assignments and the final exam are in English.

Teaching methods

The teaching combines lectures, seminars and practical workshops according to a detailed schedule. The learning outcomes are achieved through active student participation, and it is expected that the students are well prepared for each teaching unit.

The course is part of the second (spring) semester of the programme. The plenary teaching will be supplemented with individual tutoring on the work with the project proposal by the supervisor.

The teaching will provide the students with a basis for carrying out the research process related to the individual master's thesis, IND-3904.


Students must complete and submit all coursework assignments to gain access to the final examination.

A minimum of 75% attendance of lectures and seminars is mandatory.

Each student must give a 20-minute oral presentation in class and present a written draft of the project proposal including a preliminary chapter outline and a short description of the master,s thesis.

Early in the semester the students are expected to submit an individual paper of max. 600 words. The paper must be accepted before submission of the final exam.

The final exam is a draft project proposal of max. 3500 words (approximately 10 to 15 pages) and must include the relevant aspects of a project proposal, such as research questions, methodological and theoretical approaches, literature review, and a work plan and budget. Documentation that the project has been reported to the Data Protection Official for Research in Norway (NSD) must be enclosed if personal data is collected as part of the project. The project proposal must be approved before the student can embark upon data gathering/field work.

Grading is made according to a grading scale from A to F, where F is fail.

A passing grade is required before the student can start the course IND-3904. In case of an F grade (fail), a new examination is offered. A reworked version of the project proposal should be submitted two weeks after the result of the original exam.

Date for examination

The final exam is a draft project proposal of max. 3500 words hand in date 12.04.2019

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

Course overlap

SVF-3026 Methodology in Indigenous Studies 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus subject to revision

Theoretical perspectives

Broderstad, Else Grete & Hans Kristian Hernes (2014): "The Promises of Consultation?" In John Erik Fossum and Keith Battarbee (eds.): The Arctic Contested. Peter Lang. 25 p.

Hale, Charles R. (2006): "Activist Research v. Cultural Critique: Indigenous Land Rights and the Contradictions of Politically Engaged Anthropology". In Cultural Anthropology 21, 1. 25 p.

Johnson, Greg (2014): Off the stage, on the page: on the relationship between advocacy and scholarship". In Religion. ISSN 1096-1151 15 p.

Saugestad, Sidsel (2001): "Contested images: 'First Peoples' or 'Marginalised Minorities' in Africa?" In Barnard, A. and J. Kendrick (eds), Africa's Indigenous Peoples: 'First Peopls' or Marginalised Minorities'? Edinburgh: University of Edingburgh, Centre if African Studies. 23 p.

Method and Methodology

Andersen, Chris and Jean M. O'Brien (ed) (2016): Sources and methods in Indigenous studies. Routledge. Slected chapters. 200 p.

Barnard, Alan (2002): "Emic and Etic", in Barnard, A. and J. Spencer (eds), Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London and N.Y.: Routledge, 3 p.

Chilise, Bagele (2012): Indigenous Research Methodologies. Ch 1-9. Sage. 280 p.

Drugge, Anna-Lill (ed.) (2016): Ethics in Indigenous Research. Past experiences - Future Challenges. Umeå: Vaartoe - Centre for Sami Research. 190 p.

Evjen, Bjørg (2008): "Measuring heads: physical anthropological research in North Norway", Acta Borealia, vol. 14/2: pp. 3-30. 27 p.

Olsen, Torjer (2016): "Gender and /in indigenous methodologies: On trouble and harmony in indigenous studies". In Ethnicies Online first. 17 p.

Oskal, Nils (2008): "The question of methodlogy in indigenous research: a philosophical exposition", pp. 331-345, in Henry Minde (ed.): Indigenous peoples: Self-determination, knowledge and indigeneity. Deft: Eburon. ISBN: 978-90-5972-204-0 14 p.

Lectures Spring 2019
First meeting week 2
Lectures/seminars Look at the timetable

prof. Torjer Andreas Olsen
f.lekt. Rachel Issa Djesa
uni.bibl. Vibeke Bårdsdatter Bårnes
post.doc. Velina Ninkova Ninova
f.kons. Anne Marit Bachmann
stip. Kristin Evju
f.kons. Magnus Kleppe Lyngra
f.aman. Deatra E Walsh
First lecture in week 2

Exam First meeting second week, Januar 2019. Submission 12 April 2019

First Aid Course and Safety Course Look at the timetable

First lecture in week 2