This course will provide students with an appreciation of the main challenges confronting the peoples and communities of the world’s northern regions. It will be beneficial to those students attempting to better understand the current questions facing the North as well as to those planning to pursue advanced studies about the region.

Upon successful completion of Contemporary Issues II, students will have:

  • Acquired a basic appreciation of the most important contemporary challenges surrounding governance and politics, social issues, education and knowledge systems, and global issues in the circumpolar regions of the North.
  • Attained an awareness of the relationship between the unique and diverse aspects of Northern societies and the common concerns facing the region.
  • Gained further insight into the complexity and inter-relatedness of human activity and the northern environment.
  • Critically examined various proposed explanations of the key challenges facing the North.
  • Recognized the cultural and gender-related diversity of approaches and ways of approaching the Circumpolar North.

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BCS332 Table of Contents
BCS332 Module 1 Poelzer and Zettl Policy Analysis
BCS332 Module 2 Bjørn Sagdahl Policy Making
BCS332 Module 3 Gary Wilson Governance
BCS 332 Module 4 Timo Koivurova International Law
BCS332 Module 5 Michel Beaulieu Indigenous Policy
BCS332 Module 6 Asgeir Solstad Social Policy
BCS332 Module 7 Heininen and Forrest Circumpolar Cooperation
BCS332 Module 8 Lindis Sloan Gender Policy
BCS332 Module 9 Lassi Heininen Circumpolar Security
BCS332 Module 10 Douglas Clark Resource Policy