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MAAD1102 Introduction to Arctic Cultures, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code MAAD1102  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Introduction to Arctic Cultures  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeBasic studies Subject0157 Other Art Studies 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Art and Design 


The aim of this introductory course is to give knowledge of Arctic Cultures and how arctic landscapes and people have been presented in visual arts.


After completion of the course the student is able to
- have basic understanding of the histories and experiences of the peoples of the Circumpolar North, and the development of northern cultures
- discuss and distinguish traditions and features of northern cultures and art
- describe cultural and artistic similarities and differences of northern peoples and cultures


Lectures and seminars 28 hours, independent work, a learning diary and a seminar on literature.

More literature information and extra material 

A Land Shared. Contemporary and Applied Art of the Northern Peoples, 2003
Jokela, Timo & Coutts, Glen: RELATE NORTH 2014: engagement, art and representation, 2014
Jokela, Timo & Coutts, Glen: RELATE NORTH: art, heritage & identity, 2015
Jokela, Timo; Coutts, Glen; Huhmarniemi, Maria; Härkönen, Elina: Cool: applied visual arts in the North, 2013
Lehtola, Veli-Pekka: The Sámi People traditions in Transition, 2002
Lähteenmäki, Maria: Terra Ultima. A Short History of Finnish Lapland, 2006

The Magic of Lapland. Lapland in Art from the 1800s to today, 2011

Sámi Contemporary, 2014

Sámi Duodji. Catalogue for the Jubilee Exhibition of the Sámi Handicraft Association’s 30th Anniversary, 2006


1-5 / Fail


2nd period of first year Master’s studies

Target Group 

The student of Master’s programme in Arctic Art & Design, exchange students (BA, MA)


Teaching and research staff of Arctic Centre and Faculty of Art and Design/ Maria Huhmarniemi

Language of instruction 



Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Reg. time is off. Introduction to Arctic Cultures  Lecture course  Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja,
Maria Huhmarniemi 
03.09.21fri 09.00-12.00
06.09.21mon 15.00-18.30
15.09.21wed 13.00-16.00
17.09.21fri 13.00-16.00

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