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Giellagas institute degree programmes

    Minor subjects

 

      The University of Oulu holds the national responsibility to develop the highest education and research on Saami language and culture.

      Cultural studies do include some studies in the Saami language, and Saami Culture is naturally a suitable minor subject for students of the language, so the two subjects complement each other very well. The Giellagas Institute has offered North Saami as a major subject since its establishment in 2001 and Saami Culture since 2004, in order to train researchers, teachers and other professionals who have a profound knowledge of Saami cultures and languages.

       

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      Giellagas institute degree programmes

      Saami Language

      The curriculum will be announced at the start of each semester and can be found on Peppi.

      The Saami languages (North Saami, Inari Saami and Skolt Saami) are the three major subjects of the Degree Programme in Languages and Literature. The purpose of the subject is to educate versatile and skilled language professionals for the needs of the Saami community. Graduates of Saami Language are employed for instance in teaching and research positions, in Saami media, as experts in translation and language planning, administratorial positions and in the field of language technology. Studying Saami, conducting research of one’s own and getting to know the working life improve the students’ possibilities to be employed in a position of their liking after graduation. The studens familiarize themselves with the working life already during their studies, and a training period is included in the Bachelor’s Degree.

      The study of the Saami language is a field of Humanities that teaches and conducts research in the structure and use of the language, spoken and written language, theoretical and practical language planning, and language variation and development. At the University of Oulu, focal areas are language structure and use.

       

      North Saami (Saami Language)

      The North Saami specialisation option is aimed for native speakers of North Saami or for students who have a good command of North Saami. 

      Learning objectives at different levels

      After completing the basic studies (25 ECTS credits) in North Saami, students have a command of the key issues of grammar, spelling and norms of North Saami and are able to produce various kinds of texts. Students are able to describe the main features of word phonology, morphophonology and syntactic morphology of North Saami. Students actively extend their vocabularies and are able to pay informed attention to enriching their language. Students are also familiar with Saami literature.

      After completing the intermediate studies (45 ECTS credits) in North Saami, students have a command of Saami grammar and spelling and are able to maintain their skills independently. They extend their written and spoken use of Saami and are able to produce academic texts. They are also familiar with the main lines of development of the Saami language. Students improve their skills in lexicological work.

      After completing the advanced studies (80 ECTS credits) in North Saami, students have strong skills in spoken and written Saami. They write, translate and revise demanding texts. They have a good command of various text types, ways and styles of language use and employ Saami also in academic communication. Students have a command of not only the practical use of Saami grammar but also of analyzing it from different theoretical viewpoints. They have a comprehensive understanding of Saami as an object of linguistic research. They have acquired extensive knowledge of research areas that are of interest to themselves and are able to plan and carry out research independently. 

       

      Inari Saami (Saami Language)

      The specialisation option of Inari Saami has been constructed so that Inari Saami is a suitable major subject both for non-native beginners and those who either speak Inari Saami as their mother tongue, or have a mother tongue like fluency in their use of the language.

      Learning objectives at different levels

      After completing the basic studies (25 ECTS credits) in Inari Saami, students have a good command of the basic grammar of Inari Saami and are able to use the language in everyday contexts in both speaking and writing. Students also have a good command of the key concepts in research on Inari Saami and are familiar with the status of the language and the characteristics of Inari Saami culture.

      After completing the intermediate studies (45 ECTS credits) in Inari Saami, students have an in-depth understanding of the structures of Inari Saami. They are also familiar with the establishment of literary Inari Saami and its development to its present form. Furthermore, students deepen their knowledge of different fields of research on the language. Students have a good command of the basics of academic writing and are able to prepare brief academic studies, compositions and other oral or written presentations, drawing on primary and secondary materials.

      After completing the advanced studies (80 ECTS credits) in North Saami, students have strong skills in spoken and written Saami. They write, translate and revise demanding texts. They have a good command of various text types, ways and styles of language use and employ Saami also in academic communication. Students have a command of not only the practical use of Saami grammar but also of analyzing it from different theoretical viewpoints. They have a comprehensive understanding of Saami as an object of linguistic research. They have acquired extensive knowledge of research areas that are of interest to themselves and are able to plan and carry out research independently. 

       

      Skolt Saami

      The curriculum can be found on Peppi.

      Skolt Saami studies are intended for students who speak Skolt Saami natively or have a fluent command of the language. You are eligible for Skolt Saami studies if you are a degree student at the University of Oulu or have the right to non-degree studies. Before you can enroll for Skolt Saami courses, you have to participate in an entrance exam or a placement test and pass it.

      Skolt Saami basic studies (25 ECTS)

      Skolt Saami basic studies give the student knowledge and skills that are necessary for linguistic description and analysis of the structure of Skolt Saami, i.e. phonology, morphology and syntax. In addition, the studies improve and deepen the student’s active command of the language in terms of vocabulary, written production and translation.

      Skolt Saami intermediate studies (45 ECTS)

      Skolt Saami advanced studies (80 ECTS)

       

      Saami Culture

      The curriculum will be announced at the start of each semester and can be found on Peppi.

      Saami culture is one of the major subjects of the Degree Programme in History, Culture and Communication. The Saami Culture programme was established in 2004, and since then it has produced experts with deep understanding of the Saami culture. Completing the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees takes approximately five years altogether. The courses Basic Course in the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credits) and Advanced Course in the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credits) are compulsory for students of Saami Culture for whom Saami is a foreign language.

      Overview of the subject

      In addition to providing students with an understanding of the Saami cultural heritage, the subject familiarizes them with the Saami culture and society of today. The development of Saami culture is connected with the historical, social and juridical conditions of the Nordic countries and Russia. Saami culture is set in a larger context and examined from the viewpoint of indigenous peoples, especially of the North, who share similar natural conditions, historical developments and claims for maintaining their traditional rights.

      In addition to offering students the possibility to become researchers and teachers, studies in Saami Culture prepare them for a range of tasks in the domain of culture, not only within the Saami area in Finland but also in other Nordic countries and various international contexts. Cultural professionals are needed in Saami, municipal and state administration as well as in various cultural events, organizations and projects in art and culture.

      Suitable minor subjects include, for example, Saami Language, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Finnish and Scandinavian History, Archaeology, Information Studies and Cultural Geography at the University of Oulu or Administrative Science, Environmental Law and International Relations at the University of Lapland. The degree also includes studies in the Saami language that aim at practical language skills.

      Learning objectives at different levels

      After completing the Basic Studies package, students will have knowledge of the main characteristics, as well as historical and regional variations of the Saami culture. The Basic Studies package in Saami Culture provides students with basic knowledge of the history, livelihoods, society and the changes in traditional knowledge of the Saami people. In addition, students will gain basic knowledge of indigenous peoples, as well as of processes concerning the conduction of research. Lectures as well as literature and the collections of articles and various kinds of exercises form the basis of the studies.

      After completing the Intermediate Studies package, students will have formed a comprehensive view of the traditions and today of the Saami people. Students will have also gained knowledge of the research on the Saami. Students will have knowledge and skills required to produce scholarly texts. In addition, students will be able to present scholarly information clearly in writing and orally in an argumentative manner. Students will be able to utilise source material in a critical manner, analyse research data as well as apply different methods in practical research work. Intermediate Studies include Bachelor’s Thesis (Candidate’s Thesis) with seminar work.

      After completing the Advanced Studies package, students will have formed a comprehensive view based on the modern research focusing on the Saami culture and its change, as well as on the developments in the society of the Saami in the Nordic countries and Russia. Students will possess knowledge and practical skills required in research work. In addition, students will be able to apply the scientific and scholarly information provided by the studies in professions requiring expertise on the Saami culture.

       

      Minor subjects

       

      North Saami as a Foreign Language

      Admission requirements

      All students enrolled at the University of Oulu and registered as present are allowed to have the Basic Studies of North Saami as a Foreign Language as their subsidiary (minor) subject. It is a suitable subsidiary subject for students of Finnish, foreign languages, history and information studies, for instance, as well as students studying to become class teachers. Additionally, students who have already completed the Basic and Advanced Course in the North Saami Language may expand their studies and have Saami as a subsidiary subject.

      After the completion of the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits), if students want to minor in North Saami, they are to take an entrance exam for minor students held at the beginning of the autumn term and to display a good command of North Saami. The structure of the test is similar to the entrance exam organised in the summer. It consists of the following parts: a written exam (mastery of the structures, grammar rules, language planning and terminology of North Saami), a written production of Saami and a 20-minute interview in North Saami.

      North Saami as a Foreign Language

      It is possible to complete the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits) of North Saami as a Foreign Language. The aim of the studies is to provide the students with good written and oral skills in the North Saami Language. No previous studies are required. Upon completion of the Basic Studies package, students will be able to use North Saami in different situations that require oral and written skills, and they will be able to read various texts in North Saami. After completing the Basic Studies, students will be able to fluently use written and spoken Saami and follow teaching in Saami.

      Courses

      Basic Course in the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credits)
      Advanced Course in the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credits)
      Written Use of the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credits)
      Spoken Use of the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credits)
      Spoken and Written Use of the North Saami Language (5 ECTS credit)

       

      Student organization GieKu ry

      GieKu is a registered association for students of Saami Language and Saami Culture at the University of Oulu. Its purpose is to bring students together as well as to support and promote their studies. GieKu organizes various parties and get-togethers, such as sauna evenings and Christmas parties, and keeps in contact with other student associations and universities.

      GieKu welcomes as members all students of Saami Language and Saami Culture at the Giellagas Institute and all Saami studying at the University of Oulu. Students of Saami Language and Saami Culture wear a dark grey overall, which was introduced in spring 2005.

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      Last updated: 27.8.2020