autumn 2015
AE_03 Culture and Identity in the Barents Region - 10 ECTS

Last changed 03.03.2015

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

Subject can be taken as single course.

The course is relevant for Bachleor of Northern studies and compulsory for students choosing the BNS advanced emphasis program High North Poliltics, Intercultural Communication and Barentscooperation (Can be replaced by BNS 200 Northern Studies Assignment)

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:
Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse.

Exchange students: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.

list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Admission code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

The goal is to introduce the students with theoretical and practical knowledge about cultural issues in the Barents Region


Barents dialogue and Cross- Cultural Communication;

1. Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Region

2. Nature and Culture relationship

3. Politics of identity and ethnicity

4. Culture and touristic representation


Cross-Border Relations in the Barents Region;

5. Historical perspectives

6. Borderland and identities in the making

7. Tourism in the Barents region


Business Cooperation and cultural communication in the Barents


8. Business cooperation and inter-cultural communication

9. Business cooperation and National cultures

10. Nordic and Russian business communication


Objectives of the course

After completing the course, the candidate will:


- Will be familiar with the central theories relevant for understanding cultural issues in the Barents region

- Will be familiar with different cultural processes in the Barents region


- will be able to use the theories to understand and analyze cultural issues in the Barents region

- Will be able to compare different cultural processes

General competence

- will be aware of the importance of understanding the complexity of the cultural forms in the Barents region

- will be able to make critical analysis of cultural representations and forms

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will be taught online by the use of the virtual classroom program Fronter. Occasional "face to face¿ lecturing by the use of Lync or similar tools. 


Course requirements: 

Written answers to given tasks. The assignments have to be approved by theresponsible teacher before the students are allowed to do the final exam.


Map evaluation; including several semester based tasks and one final exam.A final written home based exam. Available time; 3 days.Grading: scale A - F, with F for failed. 

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course


  • About the course
  • Campus: Nettbasert | Other |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: AE_03