spring 2020
REI-8002 Sustainable opportunities in Norther Tourism - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

PhD students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway register for class and exam in Studentweb by 1 September for autumn semester and by 1 February for spring semester.

Other applicants: Application deadline 1 June for autumn semester and 1 December for spring semester. Application code 9303.

Type of course

The course may be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian Master´s Degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students.

Holders of a Master´s Degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list: http://www.nokut.no/Documents/NOKUT/Artikkelbibliotek/Utenlandsk_utdanning/GSUlista/2016/GSU_list_English_14112016.pdf

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document: https://uit.no/Content/254419/PhD_EnglishProficiency_100913.pdf


The course are available for applicants from the following categories:

Category 1: People admitted to the PhD Programme at UiT

Category 2: Participants in the Associate Professor Programme that fulfil the educational requirements

Category 3: Doctoral students from other universities

Category 4: People with a minimum of a Master´s Degree (or equivalent). (A Norwegian Master´s Degree of 5 years or 3 (Bachelor Degree) + 2 years (Master’s Degree).

Course content

Tourism is expanding rapidly all over the Circumpolar North Arctic with multiple implementation for nature, communities and human non-human relations. A range of tensions and conflicts emerge with this expanding tourism. This course addresses the entanglement between tourism and sustainability. It focuses on how new economic activities - such as resource exploitation and tourism - can be seen in opportunities can thrive with What capacity building measures for sustainable livelihoods must be considered to meet the partly conflicting interests of indigenous populations, local communities and economic actors operating in the region? How do industry actors, local communities, policy makers and other stakeholders manoeuvre economic development and the environmental strain of attending to climate change? What role can research play in such situations of multiple tensions? The course explores both engagement and resistance, as well as remediation and heritage processes, and addresses opportunities co-creation of knowledge perspectives might offer in such complex dynamics.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:

By the end of the course the student has obtained the following:


The student has:

- wide knowledge about the theory of practice

- specialized insight into tensions evoked by resource conflicts in the Arctic

- thorough knowledge about sustainable livelihood in the Arctic

- specialized insight into co-production of knowledge connected to tourism activities

- good understanding of touristic practices in relation to climate change

- specialized insight into co-production of knowledge



The student is able to / can:

- analyse engagement and resistance both in local (indigenous) communities and among tourist companies

- consider how local residents and different stakeholders have dealt with the expansion of extractive industries and how they influence indigenous/local communities



- In the paper the student will be required to formulate research questions and conduct analyses of a relevant case inspired by the course and reading list.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

This is a three days course, and requires literature studies beforehand entering the program. The course consists of lectures and a stakeholder workshop. Lectures will be given by scholars from social and humanities studies that hold different positions within the theory of practice. In addition a stakeholder workshop will be held - in order for students to have the opportunity of entering into knowledge dialogs that reflect an ambition of addressing co-production of knowledge.

Students are required to write an essay. The topics of the essays will be discussed during the course.


The exam will consist of an Essay and will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.  
  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: REI-8002
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