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IND-3014 GENI - Negotiations and consultations in Northern and Indigenous Areas - 10 stp

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Type of course

This course is obligatory for students who belong to the Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI).

Other students should have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (social sciences, law).

Course contents

Negotiations and consultations are a central component for Indigenous peoples and local communities. It is important for managing relations both with governments at different levels (municipal, provincial, and federal/central) and with groups outside the governmental sphere (e.g., businesses, NGOs).

This course has three goals: 1) provide an overview of the state of legal and political environment on consultation, including legal benchmarks arising from court decisions on the duty to consult and accommodate, and from policy documents e.g. white papers; 2) examine seminal and current research on consultation and negotiations among Northern actors; and 3) provide applied learning experience through negotiation and consultation simulation exercises.


In this online class we will work with three types of material/information: 

As the underlying philosophy of the class is to combine a diverse range of knowledge, students will be encouraged to combine theoretical knowledge with practical examples.

Application deadline

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

Admission requirements

Søknadskode 9371

Objective of the course

Students who successfully complete the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The student gains knowledge about:


The student knows how to:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Teaching combines online lectures and seminars.


Coursework requirements:

By the end of the course the students are expected to participate in one of two workshops - on consultations and on negotiations where they apply their practical skills.

Final exam:

The final examination is a take-home exam, where the students are to submit an individual paper of max. 3500 words (approx. 10-15 pages).

The grading scale of A to F is applied, where F constitutes fail.

Date for examination

Take home assignment hand out date 10.11.2020 hand in date 17.11.2020

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