Indigenous Studies organises a teaching module in English (15–30 ECTS), which is open for all students from any of the faculties of UH. It is part of Master's Programme in Finnish and Finno-Ugrian languages and cultures, thematic studies of Master's Programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS)Master's programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE), and Doc­toral Pro­gramme in Polit­ical, So­ci­etal and Re­gional Change.

The Indigenous Studies module covers the following thematic, methodological, and theoretical competences: Introduction to World’s Indigenous peoples, Indigenous research methodologies and research ethics; Indigenous languages and education; biocultural diversity, Indigenous arts, and Indigenous histories and rights. The study units introduce to Indigenous philosophies, values, and concepts providing with new insights into onto-epistemologies, power relations, as well as historical and contemporary perspectives in Indigenous studies. Engaging with relational teaching methods, the students learn about Indigenous peoples’ knowledge-making processes, which draw from interactions and lived experiences and observations through many generations. The Indigenous Studies programme can inspire the students who plan their career in, for example, policy-making, environment and sustainability sector, education, social work, health care, law, economy, museums, and various areas of culture.

Module content:

Degree requirements for 15 credits:

  • IND-510 Indigenous people, linguistic diversity and education
  • IND-511 Methodologies and research ethics in Indigenous Studies
  • IND-512 Biocultural approaches to the environment and conservation

Degree requirements for 30 credits additionally:

  • IND-513 History, power and indigenous rights
  • IND-514 Indigenous arts
  • IND-515 Selected topics in Indigenous languages

Teaching 2021-2022

  • IND-510 Indigenous people, epistemic and linguistic diversity (5 cr), I period.
  • IND-512 Biocultural approaches to the environment and conservation (5 cr), II period.
  • IND-511 Methodologies and research ethics in Indigenous Studies (5 cr), III period.
  • IND-513 History, power and Indigenous rights, teaching event in 2022 Indigenous rights and international law (5 cr), IV period.
  • IND-514 Indigenous arts. Teaching event in 2021-2022 as Venäjän pohjoinen kirjallisuus (KIM-RU345, III-IV periods, in Finnish).
  • IND-515 Selected topics in indigenous languages (5cr), in 2021-2022 teaching events are “Saame I” (I period), “Saame II” (II period), “Saame III” (III period), and “Saame IV” (IV period).
  • PYAM-9195 & PYAM-9196 PhD Seminar in Indigenous Studies I & II (I–IV period)

A general examination is also possible in all study units. 


Contact: pirjo.virtanen@helsinki.fi