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IND-3025 Introduction to Indigenous Studies - 10 stp

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Type of course

The course is mandatory in the Master's Programme in Indigenous Studies (MIS). It can also be taken as a singular course by exchange students and students from other programmes.

As this is an on-campus programme, students are expected to be present in Tromsø.

Course contents

The course offers an introduction to indigenous studies. It takes as a starting point the university's location in Arctic Sápmi, and introduces indigenous studies from a comparative global perspective. In addition, the course addresses the emergence and spread of the international indigenous movement and society.

The course starts with an overview and a thematic conceptualisation of the study field. The lectures introduce indigenous peoples' diverse realities and historical experiences from a comparative perspective. They also offer different ways of doing indigenous research, theoretically and methodologically. The multidisciplinary basis of the programme is reflected in the course.

An exercise in practical methods is required coursework. A short field exercise is offered at the beginning of the course.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371

Objective of the course

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




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Teaching methods

The course is offered in the first semester of the Master's Programme in Indigenous Studies. The teaching combines lectures and seminars. The learning outcomes are achieved through active student participation.