Icelandic Society and Environment

Course: CMM 28

Instructor: Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The course 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 neighbouring 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.

Instructor

Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir earned her MSc in Geography from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík doing a 90 ECTS research thesis on Place Attachment and Place Identity in Ísafjörður. She did a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Iceland where she finished 7 different methodology and research courses focusing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Albertína previously worked for the University of Iceland Research Centre in Bolungarvík as a researcher in tourism, as well as a project manager at the University Centre of the Westfjords, and a project manager for FabLab in Ísafjörður (run by the Innovation Centre Iceland). She now lives and works in Akureyri and is a member of the Icelandic parliament.