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Noruega. Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies

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SOA-3006 Indigenous Culture, Resource Management and Territorial Rights - 10 ects

The course is administrated by
Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning

Type of course
The course is part of the International Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies (MIS). It is also optional within the Bachelor and Master in Social Anthropology and may form part of other disciplinary Master programs.

Course contents
The course gives an overview of the most typical forms of resource management among indigenous peoples, i.e. hunting and gathering, pastoralism and fishing, and relates the material base of culture and identity to claims of land rights and issues of belonging in a modernising world.

Objective of the course

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


  • to explain the main characteristics of ecological and eco-nomic adaptations typical of indigenous peoples;
  • to identify the relations between ecological frameworks and indigenous peoples ways of life;
  • to identify the impacts on indigenous peoples habitat caused by climate change.

Analytical understanding:

  • to analyse the interrelations between indigenous types of knowledge, forms of local social organization and custom-ary use concerning resource management;
  • to understand the various forms and processes of ethnic self-identification and mobilization of shared identities for political purposes;
  • to view indigenous resource management in a comparative, global perspective.

Skills and competences:

  • to investigate the impacts of market integration, govern-mental politics and administrative regimes on indigenous peoples way of life;
  • to assess the problems created by external encroachments

on indigenous resource areas;

  • to assist indigenous peoples in their presentation of evi-dence to support their political and legal claims to control their customary habitat;
  • to discuss indigenous efforts to gain a stronger voice in conflicts over land rights and consider how such issues af-fect their identity and their relations to other minority and majority populations.


Language of instruction and examination
Teaching methods
The course is offered in the fall semester (From medio August until medio December), as a weekly lecture (45 minutes x 2) accompanied by a bi-weekly seminar through the semester, except at intervals when students are engaged in essay writing. The topic for each week will be discussed in seminars.

Assessment methods

Course work requirements:
Halfway through the term the student writes one essay (7-10 pages) on a given title within one week. The essay is commented on by the subject teacher (obligatory). It is evaluated as approved/not approved.

The final exam is a home written essay, with a given title. There will be three titles to choose from. Approximate length: 10 pages (3500 words). Marking is made according to a grading scale from A to F, where F is fail. In addition, there is an oral test of about half an hour intended to assess the student's knowledge of the course literature and general understanding of the course themes. This test may adjust the grading of the essay.



A re-sit examination will be arranged at the beginning of the following term.

Coursework requirements
one essay (7-10 pages) with a given title within one week.
Date for examination
Muntlig eksamen:

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

Course overlap
SOA-3006 Indigenous Culture and Ethnicity 10
Recommended reading/syllabus
A list of approximately 750 pages required reading, organised according to the themes of the syllabus.

Lectures Autumn 2009
Lectures First lecture Monday August 17 at 14:15 pm, room 5.402 (Teorifagbygget, house 5, floor 4).

Lecturers are: Professor Trond Thuen, ass.professor Ivar Bjørklund, ass. professor Terje Brantenberg, prof. emeritus Per Mathiesen og research fellow Trine Eide.

Kazom Rahem Allbazon
Stip. Ole-Bjørn Fossbakk
Prof. Trond Thuen
David George Anderson
Seminar First seminar: Thuesday September 8 at 14:30 pm, room 5.402 (Teorifagbygget house 5, floor 4).

Teacher for the seminar is research fellow Ole-Bjørn Fossbakk

Stip. Ole-Bjørn Fossbakk
Exam Date for handing out home assignment: October 5.Date for handing in home assignment: October 12.

Date for handing out text for home exam: November 9.Date for handing in exam paper: November 16.

Oral exam: December 10. and 11.

Kjersti Gunvor Mjelva

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