Study plan

Circumpolar Studies, one year

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Programme description

Northern Studies is an academic programme providing the basis for further studies at the Bachelor level, either at Nord University or at other universities both in Norway and abroad.

The programme consists of 4 core course unit, each providing 15 ECTS:

  • BCS105X An Introduction to the Humanities and to the Circumpolar World
  • BCS115X Land and Environment of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • BCS125X Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • BCS135X Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World I and II

These core courses are all delivered online using Nord University's E-learning platform. The courses are comprised of modules (corresponding to lectures) on different subjects and followed by questions for self-testing as well as for exam purposes.

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Learning outcomes



The student should:

  • have a broad understanding of different social science theories and methodologies
  • be acquainted with the concepts used to describe the Circumpolar World
  • have basic knowledge of the history and the most common geographical, biological and physical aspects of the Circumpolar World
  • have knowledge about the people and peoples living in the Circumpolar World
  • have knowledge about contemporary challenges for the Circumpolar World, including management of natural resources, sustainable development, business, culture, politics, health issues and the rights of indigenous peoples.


The student should:

  • have developed skills necessary for critical analysis
  • be able to reflect critically on the ethical challenges involved in research and creation of knowledge

General Competence

The student should:

  • have developed basic knowledge and understanding both of science and of the Circumpolar World

Admission requirements

Opptak på bakgrunn av realkompetanse etter gjeldende norske regler.

Career possibilities

The Northern Studies programme provides a solid background for further study within the social sciences. As an addition to other bachelor level studies, it provides students with the critical skills and knowledge-base to work in a range of positions related to the High North. These could include teaching, tourism and work in cultural and communication sectors.

Further education

The one year study programme in Northern Studies qualifies graduates for admission to further studies at the Bachelor level in Circumpolar Studies at Nord University, or at other universities. It can also be incorporated into other Social Science degrees.

Study abroad

There are no student exchange possibilties on this programme.


No specific costs other than semester registration fee and course literature.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevent to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission requirements.


General arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".

Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

Home examinations, online lectures and written submissions. The written submissions are compulsory. The written assignments have to be successfully completed in order for the student to be able to receive the formal grade and credits. The language of the examination is English.

Graduation requirements

Completion of all 60 ECTS credit points.

Programme evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually via student questionnaire and by the programme director. These evaluations form a part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 60 Study level One-year programme Teaching language English Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences Course location Nettbasert