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Saami Language

Address: Giellagas Institute / Saami Language, PL 1000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland

Telephone: University lecturer, +358 29 448 3486

Email: Staff email addresses are in the form of firstname.lastname(at)oulu.fi

Website: www.oulu.fi/giellagas , http://www.oulu.fi/giellagasinstitute/

 

The subject of Saami Language has two specialisation options: North Saami and Inari Saami. General information on Saami Language is provided below, after that more specific information on the specialisation options of North Saami and Inari Saami is provided.

 

Admission requirements and commencement of studies

The Saami languages (North Saami and Inari Saami) are the two major subjects of the Degree Programme in Languages and Literature.

The right to study Saami Language as the main subject can be gained by applying for the study right in the Joint Application to Higher Education in spring and taking the entrance exam. Students of the University of Oulu may also gain the study right by completing the Basic Studies and Intermediate Studies in Saami Language with a grade 3 or higher, and applying for the change of major subject from the Faculty.

 

Practical information

An introduction and information session for new students and the staff of the Giellagas Institute is held at the beginning of autumn term. During their first term, students produce a personal study plan (HOPS). A meeting with a teacher tutor on the study plan is scheduled with each student. During this meeting, students have a great opportunity to also discuss other matters related to their studies. The teacher tutor gives guidance in matters concerning the completing of the degrees, progression of studies and selection of minor subjects, as well as matters related to exchange studies and work practice. Teacher tutor can be reached from the office HU 327 or via telephone, +358 29 448 3486.

 

Saami Language as major subject

Saami Language is a humanistic discipline, the teaching and research of which focuses on the structure and use of language, written and spoken language, language norms, as well as language variation and change. Teaching is provided in North Saami or Inari Saami and Finnish according to the specialisation option of student’s choice. The North Saami specialisation option is aimed for native speakers of North Saami or for students who have a good command of North Saami. Information on the requirements concerning the Inari Saami specialisation option can be found below, under the title Specialisation option Inari Saami. The aim of the Saami Language programme is to provide language experts for the needs of Saami society. The Saami Language majors work as, for example, teachers, researchers, translators, experts on language planning and language technology, as well as in the Saami media and administrative professions. Studying the Saami language, conducting research and work practice increase the graduates’ chances to acquire a profession in which they can use the skills and knowledge acquired by studies in Saami Language. Completing the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees takes approximately five years. Completing the Bachelor’s Degree usually takes three years and the completion of the Master’s Degree two years. Studies in Saami language can be extended into a Doctoral degree.

 

Saami Language as subsidiary subject

Basic Studies in Saami Language

In order to study in the North Saami specialisation option, students must be native speakers or have a good command of the Saami language. Students wishing to study North Saami as a subsidiary (minor) subject must take the proficiency test. The proficiency test is similar to the annual entrance exam. Students wishing to study Inari Saami as a subsidiary subject do not need to be speakers of Inari Saami.

 

Choosing subsidiary subjects

Saami Language students aiming to become teachers must complete Basic Studies in Literature (25 ECTS credits), Basic Studies in Saami Culture (25 ECTS credits), Language and Communication Studies (5 ECTS credits), as well as Pedagogical Studies (60 ECTS credits).

Students not aiming to become teachers of the Saami language can freely select their subsidiary subjects. By choosing subsidiary subjects, students may complete a Degree that suits them. Recommended subsidiary subjects for students of Saami Language are, for example, Saami Culture, Finnish Language, Finnish as a Second and Foreign Language, other Saami languages, and kindred languages of Finnish, other foreign languages, Literature, Information Studies, as well as social sciences. General Linguistics and Phonetics are also useful subsidiary subjects, especially for students who are interested in becoming researchers.

 

Saami language teacher training

Saami Language students aiming to become Saami language teachers complete Basic Studies in Literature (25 ECTS credits), Basic Studies in Saami Culture (25 ECTS credits), Communication Studies (5 ECTS credits) and Pedagogical Studies (60 ECTS credits) as subsidiary subjects. A part of the Pedagogical Studies is compiled under Bachelor’s Degree and the other part under Master’s Degree. The first part of Pedagogical Studies (30 ECTS credits) is completed during the spring term of the third study year and the second part (30 ECTS credits) during the autumn term of the fourth study year. The theoretical courses of the Pedagogical Studies are completed in Oulu, but most of the teaching training is completed in the North. The person responsible for the Saami language teacher training is university lecturer (office: HU 327, tel. +35829 448 3486) who provides more information.

 

Study schedule

Basic Studies are completed during the first academic year, Intermediate Studies during the second and third, and Advanced Studies during the fourth and fifth year. The Basic Studies package must be compiled at least with a grade of 3 before students may advance to Intermediate Studies. Basic Studies and Intermediate Studies are assessed according to the mean value of the course grades. Students must complete the Bachelor’s Thesis and both Basic and Intermediate Studies at least with a grade 3 in order to be able to begin their Advanced Studies. The Advanced Studies package is assessed according to the mean value of the grades of the Advanced level courses.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum (so-called “autumn and spring bulletin”) is published at the beginning of the academic year on the noticeboard of the Giellagas Institute and in WebOodi. The bulletin is also found on the website of the Giellagas Institute under ajankohtaista opiskelussa (in Finnish). The noticeboard also has information concerning new courses, lectures taught by visiting lecturers, scholarships and vacant jobs. The periods I and II referred to in the course descriptions are during the autumn term, periods III and IV during spring term.

 

Exams and signing up

Most courses in Basic and Intermediate studies are lecture and exercise courses that include a formal examination. The assessment methods vary from course to course, and in addition to formal lecture examinations, essays, lecture diaries and book exams are common methods of assessment. Optional courses in Intermediate and Advanced Studies can be completed by book exams or essays.

Students must sign up for book exams. The exam is taken on one of the examination dates of the Faculty or the degree group. Students must sign up in WebOodi (https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi/frame.jsp?Kieli=6&valittuKieli=6) at least ten days before the exam. The exam dates of the Faculty and of the degree group can be found on the website of the Faculty of Humanities (http://www.oulu.fi/humanities/node/19502). The exam results are announced in WebOodi.

 

Registration and Student centre

Students must register annually in WebOodi or in the student centre. Change of name and address must be updated in WebOodi.

 

Specialisation option North Saami

 

Study packages and learning outcomes

After completing the basic studies 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 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 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. 

 

Courses

 

Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits)

683462Y Personal Study Plan 1 (Bachelor’s Degree), 0 ECTS credits

683407P Inflection, 5 ECTS credits

683406P Phonology, 5 ECTS credits

683520P Word Formation, 5 ECTS credits

683521P Writing I, 5 ECTS credits

683522P Translation I, 5 ECTS credits

 

Intermediate Studies (45 ECTS credits)

683463Y Personal Study Plan 2 (Bachelor’s Degree), 0 ECTS credits

683489A Saami Literature, 5 ECTS credits

683523A Translation II, 5 ECTS credits

683524A Lexicon, 5 ECTS credits

683525A Writing II, 5 ECTS credits

683526A Syntax, 5 ECTS credits

683527A Language Endangerment and Language Revitalisation, 5 ECTS credits

683420A Bachelor’s Thesis, 10 ECTS credits

683430A Maturity Test of Bachelor’s Degree (BA/Saami Language), 0 ECTS credits

683450A Optional Courses, at least 5 ECTS credits

683421A Work Practice (optional), 6–8 ECTS credits

 

Advanced Studies (80 ECTS credits)

683465Y Personal Study Plan 3 (Master’s Degree), 0 ECTS credits

683422S Inari or Skolt Saami, 5 ECTS credits

683528S Introduction to other Saami Languages, 5 ECTS credits

683529S Language Planning, 5 ECTS credits

683429S Optional Courses, at least 10 ECTS credits

683530S History of Language, 5 ECTS credits

683531S Thesis Seminar, 10 ECTS credits

683427S Master’s Seminar, 40 ECTS credits

683431S Maturity Test for Master’s Degree (Saami Language), 0 ECTS credits

 

 

Specialisation option Inari Saami

 

Admission requirements and commencement of studies

 

The right to study Inari Saami as a major subject can be obtained through applying for the specialisation option of Inari Saami in the spring Joint Application to Higher Education and sitting an entrance examination. Inari Saami is a freely selectable subsidiary subject, and students will be able to form study packages of 25 ECTS credits of Basic Studies and 35 ECTS credits of Intermediate Studies of the courses included in the subject. Students may also choose individual courses from the Basic Studies selection. Inari Saami is a suitable subsidiary subject for students of e.g. Saami Culture, North Saami, Finnish, foreign languages, history, and Information Studies, as well as students in class teacher training. Students in the University of Oulu can also obtain the right to study Inari Saami as a major subject by completing the Basic and Intermediate Studies with an average grade of 3 or higher and applying for the right to change their major from the faculty. Enquiries and free-form applications for the subsidiary subject studies of Inari Saami can be sent to University Teacher Mervi Skopets mervi.skopets@oulu.fi (telephone: +358505749280).

 

Study guidance

 

A joint information and introduction session for the students and staff of the Giellagas institute is held in the beginning of the autumn term. During the first term, students will compile their first personal study plans (HOPS). For the drafting of this plan, a separate session will be scheduled with each student, during which they will have an opportunity to discuss issues related to their studies in more detail with a teacher tutor (omaopettaja). The teacher tutor will provide guidance with questions pertaining to the completion of degrees, study progress and the choosing of subsidiary subjects. The teacher tutor can be reached from their office in HU327 or from the phone number +35829 448 3486. Students will compile three personal study plans during their studies: in addition to the first, two plans will be completed, one of which comes under the Bachelor’s Degree and the other under the Master’s Degree. No ECTS credits will be awarded for completing personal study plans, but they will be marked in the transcript of studies.

 

Inari Saami

 

The teaching and research of Inari Saami began in the University of Oulu in 2000, when Inari Saami became a subsidiary subject. In the year 2011 Inari Saami became an independent specialisation option leading to a Master’s Degree within the major subject of Saami Language. The object of teaching and research of Inari Saami are the structure and use of language, spoken and written language, theoretical and practical language planning and linguistic variation and development. Teaching in the specialisation option begins in Finnish, but changes gradually into Inari Saami as the Basic Studies progress. The studies include study modules pertaining to translation and language revitalisation and courses in North and Skolt Saami. Sections of the studies can be combined with teaching in North Saami or Saami Culture, for which reason teaching will occasionally be in Finnish. Because North Saami in particular is frequently heard and because the connections between North and Inari Saami are intensive, it is desirable that students participate in at least the basic and advanced course in North Saami. It is not, however, a requirement for the specialisation option.

 

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. The foundation of the curriculum is in the experience acquired from the updating education (2009–2010) of Inari Saami, an education in which professionals of different fields with no language skills in Inari Saami were trained as language transferors in their own fields. Two generations had lost their language already, so the language needed and still needs operators from outside the language community. Students can begin their studies in Inari Saami from the basics with the course Basic Course in Inari Saami I or by applying for substitution for prior knowledge or for previously completed studies and join the teaching at a point best suited for their own language skills. A majority of the studies in Inari Saami are organised as online or distance teaching.

The aim of the subject of Saami Language is to train multi-talented language professionals for the needs of the Saami community. For example, translation is emphasised in the labour market in assignments pertaining to the compiling of study materials and in the translating of literature. One of the essential bases of the Inari Saami language community is the knowledge of language revitalisation, in addition to which professionals are needed for positions in education and research, the Saami media, language planning and administration.

Students can increase their chances for reaching their choice of employment after graduation by studying more than one of the Saami languages, doing their own research and getting acquainted with working life. Students will familiarise themselves with employment prospects during their studies through work practice, which is a part of the Bachelor’s Degree. Students will choose their subsidiary subjects based on their own interests and their plans for future employment. In addition to Inari Saami and North Saami, in the Giellagas institute students will be able to study North Saami as a Foreign Language, Skolt Saami and Saami Culture. These will be suitable subsidiary subjects for the students of Inari Saami as well. Studies in Inari Saami can be extended into a doctoral degree.

 

Study packages and learning outcomes

After completing the basic studies 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 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 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. 

Specialisation Option Inari Saami, courses:

 

Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits)

683651Y HOPS - Personal Study Plan 1, 0 ECTS credits

683659P Basic Course in Inari Saami I, 5 ECTS credits

683660P Spoken Use of Inari Saami I, 5 ECTS credits

683661P Basic Course in Inari Saami II, 5 ECTS credits

683662P Practice Course on Word Inflection of Inari Saami, 5 ECTS credits

683663P Written Use of Inari Saami I, 5 ECTS credits

 

Intermediate Studies (45 ECTS credits)

683652Y HOPS – Personal Study Plan II, 0 ECTS credits

683664A Inari Saami Phonology and Morphology I, 5 ECTS credits

683665A Inari Saami Syntax, 5 ECTS credits

683666A Spoken Use of Inari Saami II, 5 ECTS credits

683667A Written Use of Inari Saami II, 5 ECTS credits

683668A Inari Saami Word Formation, 5 ECTS credits

683669A Work Practice in Inari Saami, 5 ECTS credits

683670A Theory and Practice of Students’ Own Research Field (Inari Saami), 5 ECTS credits

683619A Bachelor’s Thesis (Inari Saami), 10 ECTS credits

683620A Maturity Test for Bachelor’s Degree (Inari Saami), 0 ECTS credits

 

683671A Optional Subject Studies for Inari Saami Minor Students, 5 ECTS credits

683682A Inari Saami Special Fields’ Vocabulary (optional course), 5 ECTS credits

 

Advanced Studies (80 ECTS credits)

683653Y HOPS – Personal Study Plan III, 0 ECTS credits

683673S Inari Saami Phonology and Morphology II, 5 ECTS credits

683674S Additional Saami Language (North Saami/Skolt Saami), 5 ECTS credits

683675S Methodology of Inari Saami Language Revitalisation, 5 ECTS credits

683676S Optional Advanced Studies (Inari Saami), 15 ECTS credits

683677S Master’s Thesis Seminar (Inari Saami), 10 ECTS credits

683646S Master’s Thesis (Inari Saami), 40 ECTS credits

683650S Maturity Test for Master’s Degree (Inari Saami), 0 ECTS credits