Arctic Norway — Aspects of Culture

The anthropological perspective in the course focuses on interethnic 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 mutual adaptations, 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 have impact on the economic and political position of the minority, complexities in identity formation and different types of representations of the minorities.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor, Other
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUiT The Arctic University of Norway
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End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyHumanities (broad programmes)Sociology and cultural studies
Teaching placeTromsø
Teaching termAutumn
Tagsindigenousfinlandnorwayculturesamianthropologyindigenous peopleindigenous studies
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