Here below you can find all master courses the University Centre offers. All courses are taught in 1-3 week modules running from August through June. See how the courses are organised in the teaching schedule for both programs. Usually 2-3 courses are taught at the same time, but students may only enroll in one course at a time. 

The master courses are available to you whether you plan to pursue a degree or just take a course or courses. Please review the options for guest studies to determine how you can apply. 

For further information, contact the Administrative Director of Education and Teaching.

Indigenous Voices & Community Development

  • Summer 2024
  • CMM/CRD Elective Course | 2 ECTS
  • Course:CRD26
  • Instructor: Arina Nikolaeva, MA

About the course

This course is a series of weekly lectures in which researchers and practicioners from Indigenous communties and the field of community development present their research, current and future challenges. This course is designed to introduce students to the ideas, methods, challenges, and themes of Indigenous people in coastal communities. The course provides an overview of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with the coast and contemporary environmental issues and their implications for Indigenous communities as well as society at large.

Challenges appear among the spheres of language and culture, land rights, socioeconomics, governance, demography, education, health, social services, environment, gender, community development, repatriation of cultural property, as well as decolonization and green colonialism.


Arina Nikolaeva, MA:

Arina holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo (Ontario) and a Master of Arts in Coastal Communities and Regional Development from the University Centre of the Westfjords. She has a strong passion for understanding norther issues, arctic indigenous history, and circumpolar policies.  

Learning outcome

On completion of the course, a student:

  • Can critically reflect on tensions and conflicts around contemporary global debates, including human rights, development, and climate change with a focus on Indigenous rights
  • Can explain and discuss the concepts of self-determination, group rights, land rights, environmental rights.
  • Has gained insights into the history of indigenous communities and can relate them to current development issues and practices in indigenous communities
  • Has an understanding of Indigenous´ perspectives on community development and coastal studies
  • Can identify and analyze complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of current and future threats to indigenous communities, e.g. through the climate crisis
  • Can assess and evaluate policies regarding Indigenous communities