spring 2020
BNS-1006 Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World II: Politics - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 18.09.2020

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

The course is obligatory for the Bachelor and One Year Program in Northern Studies. The course is taught online for One Year Program.The subject can be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.  

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Admission code: 5199

Course content

In this course students will deal with questions relating to governance and politics in the North, social issues, contemporary topics and global issues.

This course will provide students with an appreciation of the main challenges confronting the peoples and communities of the world's northern regions. It will also deal with governance and international cooperation in this part of the world. The course will be beneficial to those students attempting to better understand the current questions facing the north as well as to those planning to pursue advanced studies about the region.

Objectives of the course

When completing the course the students will be able to:


  • Explain the structure of government in Russia and the Nordic countries.
  • Discuss the differences between Russian and the Nordic countries in the context of history.


  • Apply analytical approaches to comparative politics.
  • Compare differences in political institutions.
  • Compare patterns of political participation and communication.

General competence

  • Reflect critically on political systems and political institutions.
  • Think and write analytically about differences between political systems and political institutions.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Bachelor students: Mainly teacher presentations, group work and group discussions, supported by digital learning resources.

Online students: The course is composed of separate modules for online studies.  Students are required to submit answers to the individual module questions. Teaching and feedback will be given. Streamed materials will also be available.  A guideline for self-study will be provided. 



Online students: Assignments to teacher-supplied questions.  The assignments have to be approved by the teacher(s) responsible for the course before students are allowed to sit the final exam.

Bachelor students: 3 written assignments to teacher-supplied questions.The assignments have to be approved by the teacher(s) responsible for the course before students are allowed to sit the final exam.
Class attendance is obligatory (at least 75%).


A final written, home exam (3 days). Grading: scale A - F, A - E are passing grades, F is a fail.

Guidelines for retaking examination, see Regulations for examinations at the UiT, Chapter IV for Postponed, re-sit and extraordinary examinations, etc.


  • Om emnet
  • Studiested: Alta | Digitalt | Annet |
  • Studiepoeng: 10
  • Emnekode: BNS-1006