Oslo, Norway

A Changing Arctic

online course
when 28 June 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 15 EC

The Arctic has gained increased public, political, commercial and academic interest over the last decade, as global climate change continues to transform the region. Key issues range from climate change to polar ecosystems, and from shipping routes to indigenous rights. States, international organizations and private interests, including emerging economies in Asia, now show a keen interest in the High North and the Arctic at large.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.

Target group

Applicants with a completed Bachelor's degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution. 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.

Course aim

By the end of the course, students will:
- Develop knowledge and an understanding of the Arctic’s natural habitat, including its changes over time and plausible future trajectories,
- Explain the development of the unique features of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding continents,
- Explain uncertainties in scientific data and models,
- Increase awareness about how changes in the Arctic affect legal developments in light of political tensions and international governance challenges.
- Provide an understanding of international law rules governing the Arctic region, with a particular focus on marine law
- Examine how national states regulate activities in the Arctic, including indigenous rights, in light of international law
- Understand core Arctic governance challenges and opportunities, from diplomatic cooperation, through legacies of colonization, to security rivalry
- Connect local and national challenges to circumpolar politics, particularly through understanding the agency of indigenous peoples in Arctic politics
- Examine the intersection of science and circumpolar politics, including issues relating to indigenous knowledges/traditional ecological knowledge

Fee info

NOK 0: Due to the fluid situation regarding the Coronavirus, all Master's courses will be offered as digital courses, at no cost (students must buy course books themselves).