spring 2018

IND-3002 GENI - Methodology and Policy Planning - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 29.01.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Location

Tromsø |

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

Students not enrolled in the Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) can request a special admittance to the course.

Admission requirements

9371

Course content

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.  

Objectives of the course

Learning OutcomesStudent acquired knowledge By the end of this course, students will understand and be able to critically use various concepts for analyzing policies and program planning as they pertain to both rural and urban communities in the North. They will also have knowledge of research ethics, and the responsibility of the researcher.Student acquired skills By the end of the course, students will have acquired skills to analyze and deal critically with various sources of information on Northern governance issues, and analyze the intersection and contradictions in governmental, non-governmental, indigenous and non-indigenous, as well as business interests. Students will also have acquired skills on how to produce documents used for policy and program planning, analysis, and evaluation.Student acquired competence By the end of the course, students will have acquired the competencies to understand ethical and political issues of relevance for policy and program planning.  

Language of instruction

English

Teaching methods

Course Delivery The teaching consists of a combination of lectures and seminars, given as interactive teaching, comprising a total of 20 hours. Video conferencing will be applied throughout the whole course. The students are expected to be prepared and participate actively during the seminars in discussing the issues at hand. Students are expected to study independently in periods of no seminars or lectures.  

Assessment

Assessment and Grading Students are required to give an oral presentation in class on selected readings (via video-conferencing). The final exam is a proposal & outline for planning, analysis or evaluation paper (4000 words). The grading scale of A to F is applied, where F constitutes fail. Students who fail their examination are entitled to re-sit the examination.  

Date for examination

Policy research proposal hand in date 14.05.2018

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

Schedule