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SOA-1006 Arctic Norway - Aspects of Culture - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for samfunnsvitenskap

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular course.

Bachelor students in Social Anthropology with exam from SOA-1005 (Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på samisk samfunn og kultur), will not be able to combine SOA-1005 with SOA-1006 due to 50% overlap in litterature.

Course overlap

SOA-1005 Anthropological perspectives on Saami society and culture 5 stp

Course contents

The anthropological perspective in the course focuses on cultural and political dynamics in the region as they unfold between people of Saami, Norwegian and Finnish origins with main focus on the Saami situation. Historical processes of dialogic transformation, and changing public policies, are related to contemporary manifestations of cultural variations and ethnic revitalisation.

After a period of Norwegian enforcement of Saami assimilation, the cultural and ethnic revitalisation now taking place signifies a major change in ethnic relationships in the North. Different aspects of this general political development will be debated.

The course considers social, cultural and religious characteristics that may impact minority, economic and political position, complexities in identity formation and different types of representation.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 15 April

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse


International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.


A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to

NOKUT's GSU-list.


Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Objective of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcome:




Language of instruction

The teaching language is English. The examination should be written in English, but can also be written in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Teaching methods

Approximately 20 hours of lectures and one excursion to Tromsø Museum.

Date for examination

Off campus exam hand out date 17.11.2022 hand in date 24.11.2022

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