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Courses in Area studies in Westfjords Iceland

Typical area study courses examine a region’s language and literature, history and geography, as well as political and cultural development. Unlike cultural studies, area studies also research the origins and migration patterns of local populations.  One characteristic of Iceland's higher education system is a four-year course. After completion of undergraduate degree, The University of… Read more

Typical area study courses examine a region’s language and literature, history and geography, as well as political and cultural development. Unlike cultural studies, area studies also research the origins and migration patterns of local populations.

One characteristic of Iceland's higher education system is a four-year course. After completion of undergraduate degree, The University of Icleand often have scholarships for those students who may want to further studies to master’s and doctorate levels. It is based in Vesturbær, Reykjavik and was founded in 1911.

Westfjords is peninsula located in northwestern Iceland lying on the Denmark Strait. It is renowned for its heavy snowing that is known to cover roads for several months in the year.

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Ísafjörður, Iceland

This course Outlook to the Future: Coastal Arctic Scenarios centers on different future scenarios regarding the Arctic. Different stakeholder groups, their views, and interest ... +

This course Outlook to the Future: Coastal Arctic Scenarios centers on different future scenarios regarding the Arctic. Different stakeholder groups, their views, and interests in the Arctic will be presented and discussed. Pressing themes, such as minority and indigenous rights, resource use and extraction, political development and international cooperation will be explored through theories and methodologies such as strategic foresight and strategic impact assessments (SIA). Students will thus be equipped with the ability to develop critical thinking about ongoing economic, political, and social changes and their implications. The course will draw on existing academic outputs and apply practical ‘tools-based’ exercises. -
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2 weeks
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Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Arctic Ocean Governance will discuss the history of governance in the Arctic, both the governance of Arctic nations and the international collaborations that hav ... +

The course in Arctic Ocean Governance will discuss the history of governance in the Arctic, both the governance of Arctic nations and the international collaborations that have been established to foster coordination among these nations. Specific contemporary governance mechanisms, such as the Arctic Council and more limited sub-regional collaborative bodies, will be discussed and analyzed. Potential future frameworks for Arctic governance will be introduced and evaluated. The special role of Indigenous people of the Arctic in the governance of this region will be highlighted. The course will involve considerable background reading outside class, active participation in discussions, and individual presentations on key issues relevant to class session topics. -
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Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Icelandic Society and Environment explores the context of society, politics, history, economy, environment, and natural resources in Iceland with regard to both ... +

The course in Icelandic Society and Environment explores the context of society, politics, history, economy, environment, and natural resources in Iceland with regard to both land and sea. As a developed, resource-rich, remote, and sparsely populated island in the N-Atlantic Ocean, Iceland has distinct aspects. For example, the country’s diverse geology and homogenous demography, which are not easily comparable to neighboring nations. Emphasis is placed on exploring Iceland’s international image with regard to the environment and natural resources. This includes how the country’s nature may be linked to the self-image of the modern Icelander, nature as a source of nationalism, and how this has manifested regarding utilization vs. conservation of natural resources. -
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Aug 2021
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