A Changing Arctic

The Arctic has gained increased public, political, commercial and academic interest over the last decade, as global climate change continues to transform the region. There is an increasing demand for state-of-the-art knowledge about the region from truly interdisciplinary viewpoints and multi-scale perspectives (e.g. past, present and future changes, as well as feedbacks between and within the environment and society).

The course will be structured around three major modules with the opportunity for cross-thematic discussions and knowledge transfer; (1) Natural Sciences and Technology, (2) Law and Legal Regimes, and (3) Governance and Society.

Across these three modules, students will:

  • identify and discuss the diverse stakeholders and members of the Arctic community; locally and globally
  • identify how key Arctic issues and the needs of the stakeholders have changed through time; including the past, present, and future
  • develop an understanding of the multi-scale interactions between the Arctic physical environment and living systems
  • seed the development of collaborative, rather than unilateral, and interdisciplinary solutions to the common problems that face the region.

Furthermore, the course also aims to raise the profile of the Northern and Arctic region, and Arctic studies more widely. Through the digital-only format we aim to connect polar and Arctic researchers, local communities, students, policymakers, educators and enthusiasts; including those with early-career and established profiles.

Formal prerequisite knowledge
A completed Bachelor's degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution. Minimum academic requirements. A related degree in law, social sciences or natural sciences will be an advantage, but students with other bachelor degrees can apply.

Recommended previous knowledge
A related degree in law, social sciences or natural sciences will be an advantage, but students with other bachelor degrees can apply. Documented professional experience within Arctic-related areas may also qualify applicants even though their academic background does not match the course profile. Non-students e.g. those working for non-governmental organizations, can apply for admission but actively enrolled Masters students will be prioritised.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master,Other
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity of Oslo
Begin date28.06.2021
End date06.08.2021
Registration deadline15.02.2021
ECTS credits15.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching placeOslo, Norway
Tagsfield schoolsummer schoolonline studies
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