spring 2023
SVF-8059 Theorizing and applying critical indigenous philosophies - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

Ph.d.-students at UiT register for class and examination in Studentweb by February 1.

Other applicants: December 1st

Application code 9301 in Søknadsweb

Type of course

This is a PhD singular course open to doctoral degree students.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian Master´s Degree of five years or 3+2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students.

Holders of a Master´s Degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you

see this list

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see

this document

The course has 15 seats. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available on the PhD course, applicants will be ranked from category 1 to 4.

Category 1: People admitted to the PhD Programme at UiT

Category 2: Participants in the Associate Professor Programme that fulfil the educational requirements

Category 3: Doctoral students from other universities. Arctic Five universities, Nord University, and The Sámi University of Applied Sciences have priority.

Category 4: People with a minimum of a Master´s Degree (or equivalent). (A Norwegian Master´s Degree of 5 years or 3 (Bachelor Degree) + 2 years (Master’s Degree).

Course content

The course will take its starting point in Sápmi and focus on theories of knowledge and different knowledge systems, the application of knowledge and different approaches to Indigenous methodologies, as well as how these can be integrated and applied as analytical tools in Indigenous research.

Objectives of the course

By the end of the course the student has obtained the following:

Knowledge: The student has

  • an overview of the history of indigenous research and methodologies, and of their place in the history of science and philosophy.
  • insights into challenges related to different and complex forms of knowledge, and into the application and communication of traditional and indigenous knowledge.

Skills: The student is able to / can

  • analyze and compare the complexity of indigenous contexts taking into account the different colonial histories and current situations.
  • apply findings and challenges from indigenous methodologies in context specific research projects, including boundaries and problems.
  • consider and discuss the use of indigenous methodologies and philosophies in research.
  • reflect upon his/her role as researcher and on the ethical discussions of doing research on indigenous issues.

Competence: The student is able to / may

  • recognise the complexity of indigenous contexts and take them as starting points for research, as well as letting the research be informed by indigenous methodologies.
  • apply the subject-specific discussions on comprehending methodological approaches and ethics to understanding the development of indigenous rights.
  • assess the appropriateness and application of methodological approaches in the normative struggle of promoting indigenous rights.
  • compare the complexity of indigenous situations, and to participate in high-level discussions about different methodological approaches.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The course will consist of an online full-day seminar and a two-day physical course wherein lectures, workshops, and peer-learning sessions will be the teaching methods. The lectures aim to provide an overview of main issues, to initiate discussion, and to set an agenda. The workshops aim to bring together experiences from different disciplines, research projects, and indigenous contexts. They also aim to let the candidates develop and increase their knowledge through conversations and encounters. The peer-learning sessions provide the candidates with the opportunity to have and give feedback on their own writing.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 19.06.2023 13:00 (Hand in) Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Mandatory attendance Approved – not approved
Abstract Approved – not approved
Oral presentation Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

80 % attendance, an abstract of 1/2 page must be delivered in beforehand. Based on the abstract the candidate must present a 10-15 minutes talk during the course. After the course, this presentation must developed into the exam paper.

Re-sit examination

Students who do not pass the previous ordinary examination can gain access to a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SVF-8059