autumn 2018
BNS100X An introduction to Circumpolar World - 10 ECTS

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 a compulsary course for Bachelor of Northern Studies.

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

The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region. Beginning with an examination of the geography, biological and physical systems of the Subarctic and Arctic, it then turns to the aboriginal and contemporary peoples of the region. The history of the Circumpolar World is treated in a broad fashion, to provide a grounding in the events and developments that have created the region¿s contemporary qualities. The second part of the course surveys some of the particular issues facing the region, including climate change, economic, political and social development. This course ultimately is intended to stimulate interest in the circumpolar world. The course is identical with BCS 100 (6 ETCS) besides of some additional modules and syllabus.

Objectives of the course

The course objectives: Building inter-disciplinary competence on the circumpolar world with a focus on Northern communities, environment and living conditions.Knowledge - About Land and environment - About Peoples and cultures - About Contemporary issues in the Circumpolar NorthSkills - Make use of an ecological approach - Make use of an inter-disciplinary approach - To make use of basic facts on the Arctic world in analyses - To reason and justify viewpoints and conclusionsGeneral competence - In inter-disciplinary approach to the Arctic - In basic facts about the Arctic world - Ability to analyse and justify reasoning and conclusions in an   academic way

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Written lectures (modules) and readings. The course is designed for online self-studying/ distant teaching with a manual for self-studying situations. Students are supposed to answer questions module by module. Answer to module 1 must be delivered orally to tutor via Skype.Tutoring from responsible teacher will be given.


Work Requirements:  Approved module question answers. The answers have to be approved by responsible teacher before the students are allowed to do the final exam.

Final Examination:  A final written home based exam: Available time: 3 days online exam Extent. 5 to 6 pages Font: Times New Roman, 12 pkt., line spacing 1,5. Margins; right,top and bottom 2 cm, left 4 cm The exam has to be written in English Grading: scale A - F, with F for failed.   

Possibility of re-sit exam in case of F.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Online | Annet |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BNS100X
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