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SOA-3006 Indigenous Culture, Resource Management and Human Rights - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Type of course

The course is part of the International Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies (MIS).

It is also optional within the Master in Social Anthropology .

The course may also be part of other disiplinary Master programmes within Social Sciences and Humanities and may be taken as a single course.

Course contents

The course provides an overview of traditional resource management practices among indigenous peoples, with particular focus on small-scale economies including hunting and gathering, fishing, shifting cultivation, and pastoralism.  We explore the connection between these land- (and sea-) based subsistence strategies and other aspects of culture and identity, including social and political structures, traditional knowledge systems, education, language, and cosmology. 

Today, these lifeways and cultures are under threat from a number of sources including: intensive resource extraction (mining, logging, oil), large-scale development projects (dams, transportation), environmental issues (pollution, climate change, conservation efforts), and resource competition from neighboring groups. In this course we will identify global processes affecting indigenous lands and livelihood, including political-economic trends and the indigenous rights movement.  We will look at how these processes take shape locally, through study of relevant UN mechanisms, regional courts and commissions, and specific local case studies. 

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 15 October

Admission requirements

May be taken as a single course. Application code 9371.

Objective of the course

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


Analytical understanding

Skills and competences

Language of instruction

The language of teaching and exams is English.

Teaching methods

The course is offered in the spring semester and consists of 10 lectures and 5 seminars. The topic for each week will be discussed in seminars.


Course work requirements:

Three individual written assignments/reports.

In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.


The final exam consists of a home examination and an oral examination. The home examination is to be based on a given topic. Students have one week to complete the home examination. Approximate length: 3500 words (about 10 pages).

The oral examination is intended to assess the student's knowledge of the course literature and general understanding of the course themes. This examination may adjust the grading of the essay.

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

The course is open for re-sit examination if there are students that due to sickness are entitled to a postponed examination.

Course overlap

SOA-3008 Culture, Ethnicity and Indigenous Rights 5 stp
Lectures Spring 2021
Lectures prof. Jennifer Lynn Hays
Seminars prof. Jennifer Lynn Hays
Exam Home examination: April 23. - April 30. Oral exam: May 22./23.