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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 students are required to hand in a small, written assignment and have it accepted as adequate before they can take the exam. Information about this mandatory paper will be given in Canvas.

For the home exam, the students papers cannot exceed a total of 10 pages, including spaces, footnotes and endnotes. The page limit do not include the front page, preface, table of contents, index, literature list and any appendixes. The paper has to be written in the font “Times New Roman” with font size 12 pt and with line spacing of 1,5.

If the home exam does not meet the requirements mentioned above, it will not be delivered to assessment. The student will then be considered as having withdrawn himself/herself from examination or not delivered the exam, cf. Regulations for studies and examinations at UiT, Section 24.

The home assignment is anonymous, so students shall not write their name in the assignment. The students shall use their candidate number on the front page and in the file name of their paper.

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 studies and examinations at the University of Tromsø Sec. 26.

Date for examination

Home examination hand out date 17.03.2021 hand in date 26.03.2021

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