Based on the curriculum of the Arctic Council's university without walls, this upper-level undergraduate and graduate course explores the ecological, cultural, and political processes of the circumpolar world. Based on comparative case studies from northern communities, the course is research-based, writing-intensive, and discussion-driven. From oil and gas extraction to revival of indigenous identities, this vast and fragile region constitutes an untapped reserve of critical importance to a sustainable world. Using a circumpolar and comparative approach, we will investigate the physical and natural processes of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic, as well as the indigenous and local peoples and cultures in the region.
- Teacher: Kathleen Osgood