Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World

The primary aim of this course is to introduce the peoples and cultures of the North Circumpolar Region through interdisciplinary study in the fields of anthropology, sociology, history, media and cultural studies, communications and literature.


Students will be introduced to traditional cultures and contemporary peoples through indigenous and Western perspectives. The course aim to promote an integrated and multidisciplinary understanding of the circumpolar peoples and their adaptations and contributions to social, economic, political and environmental changes. This includes an introduction to Aboriginal cultures, a discussion of the Western presence in the Circumpolar North, and an examination of contemporary northern peoples.

The course is divided into twelve modules and examines primary societies (traditional Indigenous societies up to Western contact) and secondary societies (non-Indigenous enclaves in the North) including an initial overview of primary/secondary societies, the emergence of tertiary societies, and a description of self-determination, followed by sections on identity & language, media, arts & literature, and education, recreation & family, respective to the three primary Circumpolar regions: North America & Greenland, Siberia & Northern Asia, and Northern Scandinavia & North-west Russia.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor, Other
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUiT The Arctic University of Norway
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ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyHumanities (broad programmes)Sociology and cultural studies
Teaching placeAlta
Teaching termAutumn
Tagsarcticculturecircumpolar studieshistorysociologymediacircumpolar regioncultural studiesliteratureantropology
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