In an age of political, cultural and economic globalization when climate changes result in the opening of new shipping routes and access to hitherto inaccessible natural resources in the Arctic, the region is the object of increased global scientific, political and commercial attention.

In the present years Arctic scholars have to rethink how we approach and understand the Arctic, not only because the ice is melting, but also because the political and societal scenes are chang-ing rapidly. The specialization in Arctic Studies provides an advanced understanding of the Arctic region and its relationship with the rest of world, seen in historical, social, political and cultural di-mensions. Arctic Studies contribute with new problem-based research and teaching that engages the real-life problems which Arctic communities are facing today. This specialization gives partic-ular attention to studies in the human sciences within the areas of social, cultural and political analysis, inter-cultural communication, nation-building, post-colonialism, geo-politics, international relations, globalization, governance and sustainable development (including tourism and the management of the natural and cultural heritage).
Students acquire strong analytical skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and an op-portunity to gain practical experience in relevant professional fields (internships facilitated in a broad range of institutions across and beyond the Arctic).

The program includes the following modules:

  • Cultures, Societies and Histories of the Peoples of the Arctic
  • The Arctic in the Age of Globalization
  • A project oriented course
  • A master’s thesis

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