The Circumpolar World

Program: Advanced Inuit studies 1902X
Term: Fall
Course code: SSC0062

Introduction to 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, 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
  • Learn about the mandate and programs of the University of the Arctic.
Learning Activities
  • lectures by instructors
  • documentary research
  • a variety of in-class activities
  • video viewing
  • individual research projects
  • group collaborative projects (research and presentations)