Arctic coursework – University of Copenhagen

Arctic coursework at University of Copenhagen

Interdisciplinary Arctic coursework at University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen offers interdisciplinary coursework focusing on the Arctic. The coursework is available for those interested in the Arctic who want a broad understanding of the complex global and regional challenges often related to Arctic research. The coursework introduces participants to the nature, culture and society of the Arctic, as well as to current issues including climate change, Greenlandic self-government policy, safety, health, environment, resource use, etc.

Who may participate?

  • All Master’s degree level Danish and international students from University of Copenhagen or other Danish universities may participate. The only prerequisite is that you understand English. All teaching and course materials are in English.
  • The courcework is also open for professionals who is working in the arctic or with arctic matters.

The cource gives a broad state-of-the-art introduction to arctic conditions - covering science, social sciences, culture and health

What will you gain?

  • Competencies to work with interdisciplinary Arctic research, to identify future research opportunities and to engage in professional consultancy relating to the management of developments in Arctic communities.
  • An understanding of the interaction between ecosystems, natural resources and commerce, and the ability to engage professionally with nature management and research from a sustainable perspective.
  • Tools to evaluate the effects of climate change on humans and nature, including the ability to analyze and apply results, methods, data and theory in relation to Arctic geoscience. 
  • Competencies related to professional work with Arctic health and Arctic health systems.

Choose between seven arctic modules

The coursework consists of seven modules that together forms a comprehensive program. Each of the six modules  covers well-defined  thematic topics and can stand alone. Each module is 7.5 ECTS.

Introduction to Arctic Geoscience

The module provides a scientific introduction to climate, ice, geography, ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. It provides you with a broad understanding of the processes and changes at play in the Arctic and the significance of global climate change.

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Introduction to Arctic Ecosystems

The module provides you with a broad introduction to the development and functioning of Arctic ecosystems, beginning with its animals, plants and microbes, and their special adaptations. There will be a focus on the consequences of climate change and on the effects of the increased exploitation of natural resources.

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Arctic Nature and Society

This module provides a broad introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Arctic, combined with a modern perspective on society and Arctic inhabitants. The course deploys case studies having to do with natural resources, as well as the interaction between law, anthropology, the humanities, political conditions and future possibilities for the Arctic.

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Arctic Health

The module provides you with insight into Arctic health challenges, health systems, as well as frameworks for health management in small populations and sparsely populated areas. 

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Asian interest in the Arctic and developments in Greenland

The course will discuss scenarios for development in Greenland within the context of developments in the Arctic and of the relations between Greenland and Denmark by focusing on dynamics in three areas of drastic change: Continuing climate change, increasing Asian interests in the Arctic together with the resulting governance implications for Greenland.

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The politics of maritime security in the Arctic

The overall goal of the summer course is to facilitate an understanding of how safety and security is organized and regulated regionally, nationally and locally in the Arctic in general and for instance as part of the politics within the Danish Realm including the multilevel links between Danish governmental authorities and the sub-state authorities of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

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Applied Economics of Arctic Natural Resources

The course is taught in Nuuk, Greenland, and provides an introduction to natural resource economics in the Arctic. Renewable biological resources such as fish and game are emphasized but the course also includes nonrenewable (mineral) resources. In the Arctic, climate change improves access to resources and has spurred increasing international political and economic interest in the region. This challenges the traditional uses and increases the need for understanding uses and trade-offs occurring as a consequence of economic activity.

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Advanced analytical Chemistry: Arctic Pollution Research

The course topics include: An introduction to problem solving in environmental analytical chemistry. Theory and practice for field sampling, safety for fieldwork in the Arctic, sample handling and sample preparation, analytical instrumentation and methods for field analysis, and scientific writing. The main focus will be on an setting up a sampling scheme for sediment, soil, air, water or biological matrices (e.g., mussels and fish bile), setting up a sample preparation and chemical analysis scheme that can work under field conditions at the Arctic station, retrieval of metadata and contaminant data from the area or global data for GIS work, data analysis and scientific writing. The course include 1 week of field work in the Arctic.

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