IND-3002 GENI - Methodology and Policy Planning - 10 ECTS
Course Description Methodology and Policy Planning is required in the Joint Master¿s Program in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI). As the North becomes increasingly industrialized, the need for skills and knowledge on analysis of policies and government-industry practices will become more pressing. This course aims to give students the analytical and critical thinking skills to be able to make sense of, explain, and write sound policy analysis on salient issues relevant to Northern communities. This course gives students insight into the methodology for analysis of policy planning and the writing of policy documents. The case examples and focus will be the North and the Arctic.
Course Content The first objective is to provide students with an understanding of various conceptual, theoretical, methodological, ethical, and political issues of relevance for policy and program planning, analysis and evaluation in local communities of the Circumpolar North. The second objective is to provide students with an opportunity to produce documents that are used for policy and program planning, analysis and evaluation in the governmental and non-governmental sectors in Northern communities. The third objective is to give students the skills to critically analyze the intersections and contradictions in governmental, non-governmental, and indigenous interests in the North. Conceptual, theoretical, methodological, ethical, and political concerns in policy planning and analyses will be discussed by looking into cases from a local perspective. The selected cases will be of relevance for discussions of Northern policies on indigenous communities; regional economic development in the Circumpolar North; land, land-use and environmental policies in the North. Students will analyze and practice writing policies relevant to specific and real-life case studies.