Outlook to the Future: Coastal Arctic Scenarios

This course frames the Arctic as a region subject to a wide range of critical areas of change with the active potential to lead to the emergence of different, divergent or disruptive future states from those experienced today.

These themes will be explored through the theory and methodologies of futures and strategic foresight with a view to equipping students with the ability to develop critical thinking about emergent change and the longer term and its range of commercial, political and social implications. The course will draw on broad-based existing academic outputs and use within the course of practical ‘tools-based’ exercises.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can explain how foresight techniques can make innovation, regional development and marine policies more robust.
  • can recognise the key drivers of Arctic marine innovation.
  • can identify the change processes at play in the Coastal Arctic and understand their characteristics.
  • can analyse the interrelationships between drivers and be able to consider their impacts.
  • can test new business ideas against alternative versions of the future.
  • has demonstrated ability in communicating foresight techniques to stakeholders in an exemplified marine management or regional development situation.


Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date14.04.2020
End date17.04.2020
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits2.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Iceland
Tagsmanagementarctic futurescenarios
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