autumn 2017
AE_01 High north politics and Barents cooperation - 10 ECTS

Last changed 23.02.2018

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 Bachelor of Northern studies and compulsory for students choosing the BNS advanced emphasis programme High North Politics, Intercultural Communication and Barentscooperation (Can be replaced by BNS 200 Northern Studies Assignment)

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.

A 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


  • Foreign policy development ¿ the High North focus and analytical perspectives
  • The Barents Development and Cooperation ¿ the Barents Secretariat
  • The Euro-Arctic Barents Cooperation, EU and the Northern Dimension
  • Arctic Council, circumpolar politics and political coordination
  • Svalbard ¿ conflict and/or cooperation?
  • Continental Shelf Delimitation and Sea Borders ¿ reaching consensus?
  • Contemporary issues in the High North

Objectives of the course

After completing the subject, the candidate:

  • will be familiar with the development of the Barents cooperation
  • will be able to see Barents cooperation out of both Norwegian and Russian perspectives
  • will be able to see Barents cooperation in an international and regional perspective

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Online teaching by presentation of written lectures, eventually in combination with audio-studio lectures.


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


Final evaluation; including several semester based tasks and one final exam.

A final written home based exam. Available time: 3 days. The written tasks are evaluated as a whole, constituting one final mark. Grading: scale A ¿ F, with F for failed. A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Digital | Other |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: AE_01