autumn 2022
IND-3015 The Arctic Council and the Indigenous Permanent Participants - 5 ECTS

Last changed 02.06.2022

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

The course is an elective for completion of the Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI). It can also be taken as a singular course by exchange students and others.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371. 

Course content

This course helps students understand the Arctic Council and its Indigenous Permanent Participants, from the formation of the organization to the key issues it faces today.

Presented primarily from a historical perspective, the course will provide insights into the potential for and limitations of circumpolar cooperation by both states and Indigenous peoples.

Objectives of the course

This course sharpens students’ research skills and their ability to collaborate on research. It provides in-depth knowledge of Arctic Governance, international politics, and the role of international Indigenous organizations.

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • knowledge of the Arctic Council’s history and structure, and the relationship between the two;
  • knowledge of the Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations;
  • increased understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic;
  • deep understanding of at least one key issue of the Arctic Council from the perspective of various members and participants.


The student is able to/can:

  • gather both primary and secondary sources for research;
  • conduct a close reading and analysis of key documents in relation to key issues;
  • write clearly and concisely.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The course involves online lectures and discussion seminars based on course readings and other multimedia sources. Students will also be expected to gather research materials and incorporate it into class discussions.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:



Examination systems: Grade scale:
Off campus exam A–E, fail F
Coursework requirements – To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:
Participation in class discussions Approved/ Not approved

More info about the coursework requirements

The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: 

Informed participation in at least 5 class discussions, some of which may require independent research in advance of the discussion.

Re-sit examination

Students may retake the exam at the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F (Fail). 
  • About the course
  • Campus: Online | Annet |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: IND-3015