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BNS-2003 Governance and Development - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for reiseliv og nordlige studier

Type of course

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

The subject can be taken as a single course.

Course contents

This course focuses on Northern politics and development, more precisely, about what people in local communities and regions of the Circumpolar North can do and do do to develop politically, socially and economically, in ways that serve their own needs and interests, and that are environmentally sustainable. Emphasis is on both the conceptual and definitional elements of core ideas in the course, such as governance, partnership and networks, and on empirical findings in studies of local and regional development.

Through participation in a R&D project focused on local and regional development, workshops and partnerships, including excursions to local communities in the region, students have the opportunity to test and evaluate in praxis governance and development theories and methods taught in the course.

The methodology used in the course is based on a comparative case study approach, in which the global, centre-periphery, and regional-local dimensions of community governance and development are fundamental.

Business and community development in Indigenous regions of the Circumpolar North is a central theme in the course.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read:

Admission code: 9199

Objective of the course

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



General competence:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Active self-studies among students, and literature searches using different net-based tools. Paper presentations and discussions, mainly during colloquiums, workshops and seminars, group work based on case studies from the Circumpolar North.

Student involvement in the planning, execution and evaluation of an excursion to a nearby local community or municipality, in other words, an evaluation and learning workshop.

Students will write their obligatory term paper based on the course readings and input from the evaluation and learning workshop.

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



Obligatory group term paper task.

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


Home exam, 3 days.

Grading: scale A - F, A-E are passing grades and 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.

Date for examination

Take-home exam hand out date 14.03.2022 hand in date 16.03.2022

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