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Noruega. Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies

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HIF-3620 Representations and self-representations 10

Type of course
Theoretical subject

Level of course/year of study
First or second year at Master`s level

Course contents

The course presents and discusses various ways in which indigenous peoples have represented themselves through language, oral traditions, and literature.

The course is divided into various sub-topics, such as:



- Sami world view as expressed through myths, stories, songs and spirituality



- Indigenous literature in a comparative perspective



- Language, nationhood, and identity



- Museum representations



In order to take this course as a subsidiary subject, a Bachelor degree or equivalent in the humanities, social sciences or law is required.

Objective of the course
Students will be presented with the various ways in which indigenous people represent themselves through myths, legends and modern contemporary literature. An overview of the language situation among indigenous people will be given, as well as a comparison between the indigenous people's view of themselves and the views that others hold of them, both in theoretical and descriptive contexts.
Language of instruction and examination
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars.
Examination semester
Assessment methods
One semester assignment (an essay, max. 10 pages). Due March 31st. Each student will select a topic within the framework of the subject profile and write an essay on that topic. The topic must be approved by either, the subject teacher or, the contact person for the subject.
Date of written examination
Recommended reading/syllabus

Første forelesning: Onsdag 16. januar kl 1015, rom A 3018.
Forelesning Lærerf.aman.HaraldGaski

ForeleserF.aman.Laura VirginiaCastor

Hjemmeeksamen Oppgave-utlevering: Fredag 14. mars. Innlevering mandag 31. mars. / The home exam is distributed 14 March. Due 31 March.



Master's Thesis in Indigenous Studies
The course is administrated by
Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning

Admission requirements
Students must have passed the course SVF-3026.

Type of course
The course is mandatory for and restricted to students admitted to Master's in Indigenous Studies (MIS)

Obligatory Prerequisites
SVF-3026 Methodologies and methods in indigenous studies

Course contents

The master's thesis provides the students with experience of collecting and analysing their own material and presenting it in a coherent written and oral form. The thesis will manifest the student's ability to reflect and write independently on indigenous related issues, drawing broadly on the courses and seminars offered in the course of the MIS-programme


Students are expected to write the thesis during the third and fourth semesters, but the process will begin in the first and second semesters with the development of the project idea.


The Master's thesis provides an opportunity for in-depth studies of a chosen field. The topic of the thesis is chosen on the basis of the interests of the student and of issues relevant to indigenous studies.


The collection of data is included in the course and can be carried out through fieldwork, or through the collection of archive materials, secondary data or literature studies. Data collection related to the master thesis is recommended donein the period between 15 May and 15 September.


After the main data collection period, the student shall write a report on the work so far (max. 3500 words, 10-15 pages). The report is expected to give an outline of the setting studied and a discussion of the methodological challenges met and some findings. The deadline for the report is October 15 in the third semester.


Depending on the character of the topic of the thesis, the data collection and the field work, specific concern with ethical issues may be necessary. This pertains particularly to

- protecting the confidentiality and safety of respondents

- subject consent

- political issues and positioning


Objective of the course

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


  • Have the ability to develop and carry out a research project with a social scientific approach

Analytical understanding:

  • Develop relevant and realistic research questions in research in general and on indigenous topics in particular
  • Give literature review regarding the individual topic
  • Finding representative data
  • Collecting and analysing their own material
  • Presenting their research in a coherent written and oral form
  • Be able to discuss and write about methodological challenges of the individual project
  • Capable of structuring and writing an academic multidisciplinary thesis

Skills and competences

  • Be able to assess academic texts presented by others
  • Capable of presenting critical comments on texts
  • Capable of reading a big amount of text, combining it with data collected and writing an academic thesis answering relevant research questions


Language of instruction and examination
All lectures, readings, course assignments and the final exam are in English

Teaching methods
Seminars and individual tutoring. Individual supervision is given in accordance with the contract signed between student and supervisor. The learning outcomes can only be achieved through active student participation, and it is expected that the students are well prepared for each teaching unit and supervision session. The course is to be continuously evaluated by an appointed reference group as well as in an anonymous online evaluation every semester when teaching is offered.

Assessment methods

Thesis (60-80 pages, 12 points, 1,5 space, Times New Roman) + oral examination (approx. 45 minutes).The thesis manuscript may not deviate more than 10 % from the prescribed 60-80 pages.





The thesis must be submitted by May 15th or November 1st. The oral examination will be held 2-3 weeks after submission of the thesis.





Marking of the thesis is made according to a grading scale from A to F, where F is fail. In addition, the oral examination may adjust the grading of the thesis. <br/><br/> Attendance is mandatory in all seminars and lectures offered in third and fourth semesters.





In the third semester, a work in progress report (max. 3500 words, 10-15 pages), an oral presentation in class of the report, and an oral presentation of the thesis structure are required. In the fourth semester, students are expected to present a written thesis chapter and are given the opportunity to practise how to respond and comment on an academic text presented by others.





The deadline for submitting the work in progress report is October 15 in the third semester.<br/><br/> The written report, the oral presentation of the report in class, the oral presentation of the thesis structure as well as the presentation of one thesis chapter are evaluated Approved/Not approved by the supervisor and the academic coordinator <br/><br/> The course is open for re-sit examination in November/June the following semester if the thesis has been given the grade Fail.

There is no re-sit examination for students with a grade A-E.




























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.

Course overlap
SVF-3902 Master's Thesis in Indigenous Studies 50

Recommended reading/syllabus
Individual bibliography for the thesis.


Lectures Spring 2010
First meeting: Monday 11th. January at 10.15, room TFB 1.325
Lecture Johnny-Leo Ludviksen Jernsletten
First lecture: 11th January at 10:15, room 1.325

Exam Submission of master's thesis 15 May through the MUNIN-database. Oral examination: 3 weeks after submission of thesis.


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