This course introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the region. It examines the geography, biological and physical systems of the Subarctic and Arctic, then turns to the aboriginal and contemporary peoples of the region. It also surveys some of the particular issues facing the region including: climate change, economics, and political climate in the international sphere.
A UArctic World
Introduction to the Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscapes, peoples and issues of the northern circumpolar region. Beginning with an examination of the geography, biological and physical systems of the Subarctic and Arctic, it then turns to the Indigenous and contemporary peoples of the region. The history of the Circumpolar World is treated in a broad fashion, to provide grounding in the events and developments that have created the region's contemporary qualities. The second part of the course surveys some of the particular issues facing the region, including climate change, economic, social and political development. The prospects for the region in the future are discussed, as is the potential role for the University of the Arctic.
C.A. Erichsen, Sami Nomad family Nordland Norway, 1920s
Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar world explores the emergence of human cultures in the Far North from the end of the last ice age to about the end of World War II, when southern influences became ever greater in the North.