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Arctic Ocean Governance

  • Autumn 2024
  • Next course: 07. October - 22. October 2024
  • CMM/CRD Elective Course | 4 ECTS
  • Course:CMM4704

About the course

The Arctic is subject to rapid and substantial impacts from climate change that is facilitating expanded human use and exploitation of its resources. Governance of such a region presents many challenges and opportunities for collaboration among the Arctic states responsible for effective stewardship of their sovereign waters, other nations with interests in expanding access to Arctic resources, and the international community more generally. The present and potential future governance of Arctic nations, international collaborations that have been established to foster coordination among these nations are discussed and analyzed during the course. Potential future frameworks for Arctic governance are also evaluated and the special role of Indigenous people is highlighted. The students will evaluate the impacts of current geopolitical events on cooperation in the Arctic. Participation in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík is an integral element of this course and provides students with a unique and important opportunity to experience high-level discussions of many challenges faced in the region, and potential emerging solutions. Participation in the conference also offers students the opportunity to meet and learn more about these issues and challenges from the key leaders of Arctic nations as well as other important players in the Arctic governance and policy community at this forum.


Learning outcome

On completion of the course a student:

  • can recall the evolution of governance in the Arctic to the present, as well as the contemporary governance framework in the Arctic.
  • can demonstrate ability in critically evaluating contemporary governance mechanisms.
  • can identify and critically evaluate challenges to achieving effective collaboration in the region.
  • has learned to develop important networking skills and learned to navigate an international conference successfully and professionally.
  • is able to critically evaluate conference sessions orally in front of peers, relating conference topics to Arctic Ocean Governance.


Prerequisites: No prerequisites registered for the course

Assessment: 10% class participation; 90% written assignments

Final Exam: Assignment