autumn 2019
IND-3012 GENI - Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics - 5 ECTS

Last changed 18.12.2019

Application deadline

March 15.

Type of course

The student must be enrolled in the Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI).

Course content

The course provides insights into quantitative and qualitative methodologies, emphasising their theoretical and technical foundations. It fosters skills relevant for designing research, selecting appropriate methods, collecting and handling data, and writing up research. It also provides guidelines for identifying and addressing practical challenges associated with research in difficult and post-conflict settings. It introduces students to the ethical questions and requirements surrounding research related to Indigenous peoples.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student:

  • has an understanding of the principles of social research
  • has an understanding of philosophical debates underlying qualitative and quantitative research strategies
  • has knowledge of appropriate data handling and research practices
  • understands the importance of Indigenous research methodologies, reflexivity and positioning


The student is able to / can:

  • gather evidence through a variety of techniques and methods
  • select the appropriate research strategies for their independent research projects
  • store and archive their research data safely and securely

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will involve 6 lectures over 6 weeks. These will be supplemented with weekly seminar discussions of the course material, as well as group and one-on-one discussions of planned research projects. Students are also expected to complete an online module in research ethics.

The course is offered in the fall semester (August - December).


The exam will consist of:

  • A take-home written assignment (of approximately 2000 words) in the form of a research project proposal and a brief literature review.

The exam will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

Retake is offered in the beginning of the following semester in cases of Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is January 15. A passing grade is required before the student can start the course IND-3013 Applied Research Project.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: IND-3012