BCS 100: Introduction to the Circumpolar World

Course Description
The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region. Beginning with an examination of the geography, biological and physical systems of the Subarctic and Arctic, it then turns to the aboriginal and contemporary peoples of the region. The history of the Circumpolar World is treated in a broad fashion, to provide grounding in the events and developments that have created the region’s contemporary qualities. The second part of the course surveys some of the particular issues facing the region, including climate change, economic, political and social development. This course ultimately is intended to stimulate interest in the circumpolar world.

Upon successful completion of The Circumpolar World, students will have:
  • Acquired a basic knowledge of the region’s geography, peoples, and their systems of knowledge;
  • Developed an introductory understanding of physical and biological features and processes in the North;
  • Acquired an understanding of the diversity of northern cultures, social structures and political systems;
  • Gained insight into the complexity and inter-relatedness of human activity and the northern environment;
  • Examined some of the critical issues facing the region such as sustainability, subsistence living, community wellbeing, and self-government; and
  • Learnt about the mandate and programs of the University of the Arctic.

For more information, please contact:
Office of Undergraduate Studies
c/o University of Saskatchewan
333 Kirk Hall
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Tel. +1 306 966-1605
Fax. +1 306 966-1220