Circumpolar and Nordic Studies

Are you intrigued by the wild and icy regions of the High North? Are you interested in the history and living conditions of indigenous peoples? Do you want to know more about the unique arctic environment and its natural resources as well as contemporary political debates around social, cultural and environmental issues? The programme provides students with a broad introduction to social, environmental, cultural and political topics relevant in the High North. It provides a solid foundation for further High North studies or can be taken as an independent unit for those who just wish to learn more about the region. The programme is taught on-line using the teaching management system Canvas.

The study programme is in English and the first 90 compulsory credits are completed as online studies. The specialisation semester (3rd semester) with a focus on the Nordic region and Norwegian conditions is also offered as ordinary teaching at Nord University for those who wish. In addition to the compulsory courses, we also offer 90 credits with English-language electives, both online and campus-based, for those who want to take the entire degree at Nord University. However, it is also possible to incorporate studies from other universities both in Norway and abroad as electives.

The programme provides knowledge of and insight into social, cultural, economic and political conditions in the Circumpolar North.

Upon completion, the candidate:

  • has a broad knowledge of key concepts, themes and theories, issues, processes, tools and methods
  • has a critical understanding of how society both shapes, and is shaped by, people's experiences, interests and actions
  • is familiar with the different areas of research concerning the High North
  • is able to identify and distinguish between different methods used to study societal and social processes.

Program details

Academic level(s)Bachelor,Other
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionNord University
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Tagsarctichigh northmultidisciplinarycircumpolarpolicyinterdisciplinaryindigenous communitiesCircumpolarmultidisciplinaryArcticHigh North
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