autumn 2018
BNS131X Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World 1: Economy - 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 compulsory 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

This course will introduce students to the important structures and forces affecting the sustainability of circumpolar communities. Students will deal with the population trends in the circumpolar region, natural resource use and the economies of these communities, and economic ownership.

This course will provide students with an appreciation of the main challenges confronting the peoples and communities of the world¿s northern regions. As such it will be beneficial to students attempting to better understand the current questions facing the north as well as to those planning to pursue advanced studies about the region.

The course is identical with BCS 331 (6 ECTS) besides of some additional modules and syllabus.

Objectives of the course

The course objectives: Building competence on the circumpolar world and contemporary issues of importance for sustainability and economic features and development.  Knowledge - On communities and prospects for sustainable development - On natural resources and economic development in the circumpolar    North - On population trends in the circumpolar North  Skills - In analysing community development in the circumpolar North - In analysing economic development and community impacts - In analysing present changes of the economy and adaptationsGeneral competence - In general economic development of the circumpolar North - In dependency on natural resources for economic sustainable    growth - On current situation and development of the circumpolar north

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The course is designed in separate modules for online self-studying/ distant teaching with a manual for self-studying situations. Students are supposed to answer questions module by module. Some tutoring and responses from the responsible teacher will be given.


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


A final written home based exam: - Available time: 3 days - 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. Grading: scale A ¿ F, with F for failed. 

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Online | Annet |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BNS131X
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