Subject description for 2018/2019

International Governance and Business in the High North (EN313E)

International Governance and Business in the High North


Course description

The course focuses on developing knowledge about opportunities for value creation in the High North, as well as on an international dialogue between interested parties concerned with High North. The scenario workshop is an important part of the course. During the scenario workshop, students will learn about different methodologies for scenario building and use one of them to produce scenarios on a predefined topic, working in multidisciplinary groups. As the part of education activities, Master students will take part at the High North Dialogue Conference organized by High North Center at Business School every spring. The focus of the conference is dialogue: the dialogue between young people and the Arctic regions representatives. For more information and updated program, please visit


Qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor degree.


Travelling costs to Bodø, including visa arrangements to Norway, accommodation in Bodø.

Learning outcomes


  • have advance knowledge of High North region development based on geopolitical, economic, regulatory and stakeholders-oriented approaches from national and global perspectives;
  • have theoretical underpinnings of foresight management in general and scenario building in particular; ¿ have thorough knowledge about conceptual differences between prognosis, forecasting, trend projections and scenario building; 
  • can apply components of scenario building methodologies with examples of the Shell methodology: assumptions, uncertainties and wildcards;
  • can analyze the institutional aspects and issues surrounding resource management and sustainable development of the High North.


  • can analyze complex the interplay between the (geo)political, economic, legal, technical, environmental, etc. driving forces in terms of formulating the structures of the future;
  • can apply knowledge from different disciplines in formulating and presenting basic images of the possible future;
  • can analyze and  discuss political, economic and legal foundations for sustainable High North development.

General competence

  • can analyze opportunities and challenges for implementing foresight management in organizations;
  • can demonstrate their communication skills by providing convincing arguments about their own worldview;
  • can apply their knowledge and display the creativity in solving potential challenges and problems for an organization;
  • can contribute to the innovative thinking about sustainable development in the High North

Course type

Elective or obligatory

Mode of delivery

Face to face

Teaching activities and methods

Teaching in the classroom, intensive project work with scenarios and master-classes;

Obligatory participation in the High North Dialogue conference.

Recommended prior knowledge


Course evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the universitys quality assurance system.

Assessment and examinations

Assignment, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Oral presentation, grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.
  • Compulsory work , grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.
  • Compulsory work , grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.

Overlapping courses

EN301Ev1 The Geopolitics of Petroleum and Natural Gas - 4 study points.
EN314Ev1 High North Dialogue - 7.5 study points.
FE314Ev1 Sustainable Accounting and Finance - 2 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Spring 2019 Teaching language English ECTS Credits 7.5 Course location Bodø Faculty
Nord University Business School