autumn 2020
STV-1006 Arctic Norway - Aspects of Politics, Government and International Relations - 10 ECTS

Last changed 01.03.2021

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 can be taken as a singular course.

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.

Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

This course begins with an introduction to the Norwegian political system and its institutions. A central issue vis-a-vis North Norway is management and protection of the region`s rich natural resources. With this as the point of departure, the course proceeds to focus on how institutions manage and conserve natural resources and the environment. These efforts are examined in the context of relevant international treaties and how international environmental policy cooperation has developed at a regional level. Empirical material is studied in the theoretical perspective afforded by the political-science sub-discipline of international politics.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and comprehension

Knowledge of:

  • The Norwegian political system, with emphasis on northern Norway
  • Resource- and environmental management in northern Norway
  • International relations and cooperation in the northern region.



  • Can give an account of central features of the Norwegian political system, and of resource- and environmental management in northern Norway, including regional cooperation in this area
  • Is acquainted with the most important sources of information regarding northern Norwegian and regional affairs and able to apply these sources
  • Can analyse academic literature and draw independent conclusions.



  • Can communicate scholarly knowledge of northern Norwegian affairs and regional cooperation well enough to be capable of discussing central issues in a scholarly context
  • Have sufficient grasp of basic knowledge in this field, and how to access further sources, to be in a position to deepen his or her understanding though self-directed study.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course consists of 9 x 2 hours of lectures (total 18 hours), plus one excursion.


Quality control of the course

The course will be evaluated once during a program period


The examination consists of two parts:

- One take-home exam limited to 2,000 words on an allocated theme within the time frame of one week. Two students may write together (wherein the word limit is extended to 3.000 words).

- One 3-hour school exam. The final grade is given on the basis of a joint evaluation of the take-home exam and the school exam. The Grade-scale goes from A (tope score) to E (pass) and F (fail).

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STV-1006
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