spring 2018

BNS132X Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World 2: Politics - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 08.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Online | Annet |

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

In this course students will deal with questions relating to governance and politics in the North, social issues, contemporary topics and global issues.

This course will provide students with an appreciation of the main challenges confronting the peoples and communities of the world¿s northern regions. It will be beneficial to those 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 332 (6 ECTS) besides of some extra modules and additional syllabus.

Objectives of the course

Objectives: Building competence on the circumpolar world with a focus on contemporary issues, devolution of power, governance and politics.


  • On governance issues and politics on the circumpolar north
  • On regional and international political issues affecting the north
  • On politics concerning the Barents region


  • In analytical approaches to political analyses
  • In understanding political systems of the circumpolar north
  • In analysing High North politics out of international perspectives

General competence:

  • On politics of the circumpolar north
  • On regional and international political cooperation in the north
  • On politics and cooperation in the Barents region

Language of instruction


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.


Course 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

Date for examination

Home examination hand out date 22.05.2018 hand in date 25.05.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.