In an age of political, cultural and economic globalization when climate changes result in the opening of new shipping routes and access to hitherto inaccessible natural resources in the Arctic, the region is the object of increased global scientific, political and commercial attention.

To ensure sustainable, positive and locally relevant processes of development, we must critically consider how to approach and understand the Arctic, not only because the ice is melting but also because the political and societal scenes are changing rapidly. The specialization in Arctic Studies provides an advanced understanding of the Arctic region and its relationship with the rest of world, considering historical, social, political and cultural dimensions. Arctic Studies contributes with new problem-based research and teaching that engages the real-life challenges Arctic communities are facing today. This specialization gives particular attention to studies in the human sciences within the areas of social, cultural and political analysis, inter-cultural communication, nation-building, post-colonialism, geo-politics, international relations, globalization, governance and sustainable development (including tourism and the management of natural and cultural heritage).

Students acquire strong analytical skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and an opportunity to gain practical experience in relevant professional fields (internships are possible in a broad range of institutions across and beyond the Arctic).

The program includes the following modules:

  • Cultures, Societies and Histories of the Peoples of the Arctic
  • The Arctic in the Age of Globalization
  • Internship or mobility stay
  • Master’s thesis
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