The World of the High North - How does life in the northernmost part of the world affect nature resources, politics and economy? What is unique about this region? And how can its inhabitants be best prepared for the coming century? If you want to make a difference to the peoples of this region, and prefer an online study, we welcome you to this amazing multidisciplinary one-year experience. The study can be extended to a bachelor in Northern Studies. You will see the world with new eyes. In a good way.
The program provides the student with a wide knowledge on northern societies, how they have shaped through historical path-dependence and in the power-fields of international relations, but also by innovative multilateral partnerships such as those fostered within e.g. the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and in the work of the Arctic Council.
The one-year program opens with Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies, giving information on the academic standards to be met by the students in their course-work, and goes on to introduce the methodology of the interdisciplinary approach to Northern Circumpolar Studies. Through five courses; Introduction to the Circumpolar World, Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World, Land and Environment of the Circumpolar World and Contemporary issues of the Circumpolar World (1 and 2), students are introduced to a set of basic discourses of the Subarctic and Arctic Regions.The courses give the students a basis of facts and an introduction to relevant theory from the fields of geopolitics, ecology and geosciences, social anthropology and history geared towards northern issues. This enables the students to understand complex contemporary debates on e.g. land-uses and regional development, and to start articulate their own opinions. All courses are given online.
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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.
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
Are you an international applicant? Read more here.
In order to reach the goals of learning outcomes, students are expected to work about 40 hours a week (1500-1600 hours for a year of full time study), including lectures, seminars, group work and self-study.
The program is offered on-line. Courses are delivered by our web-platform. The courses consist of written lectures, streamed modules and readings. In addition, face-to-face teaching and interactivity between students and between students and lecturers via Skype is relevant for some of the courses. Students¿ course-work includes weekly response to module questions prepared by the lecturer for each module lecture. The candidate will hand in module answers as a written essay or an oral presentation via Skype, and the tutor in charge will evaluate and comment on it on individual basis.
It is possible to apply for admission to Bachelor of Northern Studies and get recognition for the one year program in Northern Studies as the first year of the Bachelor of Northern Studies. The one year program in Northern Studies is similar to the first year of the Bachelor of Northern Studies.
All teaching material is based in international literature and all courses are taught in English. Student exchange is not relevant for this program