Aim and content: The course will focus on Arctic politics and how both globalization and climate change are transforming the geopolitical status of the region and influencing the positions of the Arctic states within the international political economy. Will the future of the Arctic be colored by a resources race, accopanied with interstate tensions, or will the Arctic states cooperate peacefully on the sustainable development of the region? Topics covered will include a discussion of Arctic related international institutions, Arctic policies of states in the region and the role of local communities, including indigenous populations. A special focus will be on how the changing position of the region is creating both threats and opportunities for the Arctic states.
Students should: be able to explain key political, economic and social issues related to the Arctic. be able to analyse and discuss the interaction between globalization, climate change and the political and economic developments in the Arctic region. have skills to use their knowledge on Arctic politics to analyze how the changing position of the region in geopolitics and international business creates threats and opportunities for individual Arctic states.