An Introduction to Circumpolar World

The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region.


Beginning with an examination of the geography, biological and physical systems of the Subarctic and Arctic, it then turns to the aboriginal and contemporary peoples of the region. The history of the Circumpolar World is treated in a broad fashion, to provide a grounding in the events and developments that have created the region's contemporary qualities. The second part of the course surveys some of the particular issues facing the region, including climate change, economic, political and social development.  This course ultimately is intended to stimulate interest in the circumpolar world. The course is identical with BNS 100 (6 ETCS) besides of some additional modules and syllabus.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor, Other
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUiT The Arctic University of Norway
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching placeAlta
Teaching termAutumn
Tagsindigenouscircumpolarcircumpolar studieshistorygeographyindigenous peopleaboriginal peoples
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