Aalborg University offers a new specialization under the CCG with a focus on Arctic communities and globalization.
The region of interest in “Arctic Studies” (AS) is the Circumpolar North, including Greenland, the northern parts of Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea.
In an age of political, cultural and economic globalization, when climate changes promise the opening of new shipping routes and access to hitherto inaccessible natural resources in the Arctic, the region is the object of increased global scientific, political and commercial attention. Not only Arctic states but also the EU, the US and Asian powers see themselves as stakeholders and are vying for access to and influence on the development of the region. The impacts of such engagement are likely to be great, both on the relationships between global actors and on Arctic communities, which are often small and characterized by unique cultural identities, economic and/or political dependency and structures only partly geared towards local capacity and competence-building at the scale demanded by such massive pressures. Political, cultural, economic, social and environmental sustainable development thus becomes essential.
This specialization gives particular attention to studies in the human sciences within the areas of social and cultural encounters and exchange, inter-cultural communication, nation-building, geo-politics and globalization, governance and sustainable development. In lectures, relevant theories of identity-building, inter-cultural communication, international relations and sustainable development will be applied to case studies from across the Arctic.
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Last updated May 2, 2016