autumn 2022
SVF-8602 Changing Arctic - 2 ECTS

Application deadline

PhD students at UiT apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1. September. The registration starts 15. May.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb before 1. June.

Application code 9301. For applicants who are granted a seat, a study right will be created, and these applicants apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 September.

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular course. Priority will be given to PhD students enrolled in the Changing Arctic Research School.

Admission requirements

Accepted at a PhD program at UiT. Priority will be given to PhD students enrolled in the Changing Arctic Research School.

Course content

Involve students in cutting edge Arctic sustainability and resilience issues. To understand and discuss societal challenges within food security, sustainable energy, health and wellbeing upon the students' PhD plans and theses. Provide framework to improve student´s communication and writing skills including discussing research and publications plans.

Objectives of the course

Upon completion of the course, participants will have developed 


  • specialized knowledge of how the own PhD project relates to societal challenges in the Arctic (including key concepts, issues, and frameworks) 
  • substantial insight into sustainable development in food security, renewable energy, health and wellbeing in the Arctic.
  • knowledge of key concepts and frameworks related to resilience and transformation of socio-economic systems in the Arctic, including adaptation measures
  • advanced knowledge in how to perform in international, diverse and interdisciplinary teams for successful problem solving.
  • general understanding of opportunities and challenges for integration across different disciplines, sectors and levels of governance to advance sustainable development in the Arctic


  • critically analyze scientific work and presentations, and provide constructive critique
  • use relevant methods to conduct scholarly work on practical and theoretical problems individually and in teams. 
  • cooperate effectively with others and facilitate collaborative teamwork to advance common goals 
  • integrate knowledge from different arenas to analyze problems and propose solutions within the transdisciplinary field of Arctic sustainability

General competence:

  • apply above knowledge and skills to carry out advanced assignments
  • communicate effectively about the own PhD project and issues and challenges, connected to the changing Arctic, to colleagues and to public audiences 
  • apply ideas on transdisciplinary, innovation, Arctic resilience and transformation to advance sustainability within the PhD students own context
  • analyze relevant academic work, and constructively develop ideas with peers and actors from private and public sector

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The seminars will be conducted every second week:

1) Every four weeks the seminar is common with Universities in Umeå and Rovaniemi. The topics of the seminars, names of lecturers, and any pre reading will announced a month before the event. After lecture/s students will work in international groups in break out rooms responding on seminar questions and assignments.

2) Every second week UiT students only will attend the seminar. A speaker (sometimes a student who present their project) will challenge the students to oppose and then jointly address a challenge in the Arctic.

As some of the students are not on Campus Tromsø we will provide a Teams connection for students at other Campuses.



Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
Oral exam 01.12.2022 12:00 50/100 1 Days Passed / Not Passed
Oral exam 01.12.2022 12:00 50/100 1 Days Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Pre assignment Approved/ Not approved
Attendance in seminars Approved/ Not approved
International joint assignments Approved/ Not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

  • Pre assignment: Mapping the students, knowledge, interest and expectations
  • Students need to attend 80% of the every fortnight occurring 2-3 hour seminars.
  • Two international joint assignments with students in breakout groups (Umeå, Rovniemi, Tromsø) has to be submitted.

Re-sit examination

No re-sit in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 2
  • Course code: SVF-8602
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet