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HIS-3005 History of Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous people, ethnic minorities and the multi-cultural society in the North - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi

Type of course

The course is offered to history and teacher training students at Master's level, to students at the Master's programme in Indigenous Studies and is appropriate for master students in other social science, law studies and humanities disciplines.

The course cannot be taken as a singular course

Course contents

The course comprises theoretical and empirical aspects related to the history of indigenous peoples. The empirical focus will be on the history of the Sami peoples from the Middle Ages to the political revival of indigenous peoples during the later part of the 20th century. It will also look at multi-cultural societies in North-Western Europe and aspects in connection with the relation between majority/minority and nation. The history of the Sami will be compared with the history of colonialism and the revival of some indigenous societies around the world. The course ends by focusing on the development of indigenous peoples and other ethnic groups` revival movements at the local, national and global level.

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites:

Bachelor's degree with a specialization of at least 80 credits in history or equivalent education (ref. Admission requirement for Master's degree in history). Grade requirement C in academic discipline specialization. The course is also open to students who meet the admission requirements for the master level of other humanities and social sciences. 

Objective of the course

The students will have the following learning outcomes:


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Language of instruction

Language of instruction is English. Language of examination is English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

To achieve the central learning targets, the course will have multiple teaching approaches; lectures, discussions, and collective and individual guidance.

All courses will be evaluated once during the period of the study program. The board of the program decides which courses will be evaluated by students and teacher each year. 


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:

Students are expected to write one mandatory assignment during the course, approx. 2-3 pages (approx. 1000 words) which must be approved before they can attend the exams.

The exam will consist of:

Students will write one 10 page home exam (approx. 4000 words). The home exam is to be submitted within a seven days/one week deadline.

The exam will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed.

In case of an F grade, an exam retake is offered at the beginning of the following semester. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake/deferred exam is 15th January for spring semester exams and 15th August for autumn semester exams.

Date for examination

Off campus exam hand out date 15.11.2021 hand in date 22.11.2021

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