spring 2022
BNS-2002 Nature Resource-Based Industries - 10 ECTS

Last changed 16.05.2022

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October 

Type of course

The course is an elective for the Bachelor of Northern Studies.

The subject can be taken as a single course. 

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=351800

Admission code: 9199

Course content

The course provides an overview of natural resource-based businesses and industries in the Barents region and presents selected social science literature on natural resource management issues, specifically:

  • Each business sector (fisheries, fish processors, aquaculture, tourism and oil) is considered, and its history and expected future development are described;
  • The management regime governing the industries are presented and related to the general literature on natural resource management.

Objectives of the course

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:


  • Describe natural resource-based industries in the North, their history and expected future development.
  • Discuss resource management theory and practices.


  • Analyse a resource management problem using the theoretical tools presented in the course.

General competence

  • Analyse natural resource management issues on both global and regional levels.
  • Apply a sufficiently established theoretical basis to the further reading of academic literature in the field.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and tutoring associated with the writing of the term paper.

An excursion will be organised visiting some of the businesses described in the course, with lectures held by the management.

Quality assurance; Upon completion, students will anonymously evaluate the course.



Development of a term paper. The term paper has to be approved by the course-responsible teacher(s) before students are allowed to sit the final exam. Class attendance is obligatory (at least 75 %).


Home exam, 3 days.

Grading scale; A-F, A is the highest mark; E is the lowest mark for a passing grade. F is a fail. Re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

Guidelines for retaking examination see Regulations for examinations at the UiT, Chapter IV for Postponed, re-sit and extraordinary examinations, etc.https://en.uit.no/exams



  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BNS-2002