Arctic Development

Gain an understanding of concepts in Northern sustainability, geopolitics, resource management, planning and development. Learn about the climate resilience in Northern communities, and strategies/initiatives to combat a rapidly changing Arctic. Learn the importance of and challenges faced by regional planning in a changing Arctic.

About the Course
In this course, the third in a series of Arctic MOOCs brought to you by a unique partnership between the University of Alberta and UiT The Arctic University of Norway, we will be exploring regional development in a changing Arctic. In this four-week course, you will investigate the role that natural resources play across the Indigenous, Nordic, Russian and North American Arctics, different strategies for resource management in different regions, and how these affect community planning and development efforts in an increasingly populated part of the world.

We'll also see how climate change is dramatically impacting the Arctic, and examine a number of adaptations that different arctic communities are implementing to combat rapid, climate-influenced change.

By the end of this course, you will have an idea of the challenges and opportunities facing Northern communities, and gain an understanding of just what regional development looks like in a changing Arctic.

Explore the arctic in this unique three-part MOOC series brought to you by the University of Alberta and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Enroll in each course today, or take them separately and take them at your own pace to learn the climate, economy, and development of the Arctic regions.


There are no prerequisites for this course, though students are encouraged to also take Introduction to the Arctic: Climate and Arctic Economy. This course is aimed at anybody who has an interest in the Arctic, geography, social sciences, urban planning, history, or economics. The material is equivalent to a first-year university-level course, but is accessible to any member of the general public.

All four modules of content and quizzes are available for free. Upgrade to a paid certificate of completion option is available.
Time Commitment: The course can be completed at the learner’s own pace, at roughly four weeks with three to five hours per week of study.

Course details

Academic level(s)Other
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity of Alberta
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ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studySociology and cultural studiesPolitical science and civics
Teaching placeOnline
Tagsdevelopmentresource managementcommunitiesgeopolitics
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