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Extreme Environments

Shorter programme in Bodø

How do humans react physiologically and cognitively in extreme environments? In this course, field-based experience and practical exercises are central concepts. You will learn about physiological and psychological responses to extreme environments whilst for example building snow caves, swimming/bathing in the Arctic waters, skiing, winter hiking and ice-climbing.

Programme description

How do humans react physiologically and cognitively in extreme environments? In this course, field-based experience and practical exercises are central concepts. You will learn about physiological and psychological responses to extreme environments whilst for example building snow caves, swimming/bathing in the Arctic waters, skiing, winter hiking and ice-climbing.

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Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

English language proficiency

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Learning outcomes

Aims

  • Provide a field based experience of the human physiological and psychologicalresponses to exercise in selected environmental conditions.
  • Physiological assessment of the acute responses. Exercise and performance in different environments
  • Skills and strategies that might be employed to mitigate the effects of the environment will also be considered. The course will provide students with theskills required to advise individuals on the preparation necessary to perform physical activity in these environments.
  • Understanding of social, psychological and physiological challenges when living and exercising in extreme environments, like in Northern Norway.
  • Understanding how to interact with others and nature in extreme environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to discuss human physiological and psychologicalresponses to acute and chronic exposure to different(e.g. cold air and water) environments.
  • Know how to evaluate the effect that different environments have on the body's response to adapt and perform.
  • Be able to use physiological and psychological measurement techniques to measure the environmental effect on performance in extreme conditions and demonstrate skills that might mitigate such effects.
  • Have knowledge about and be able to discuss social and psychological aspects when living in extreme environments.
  • Develop an understanding of and have respect for nature in extreme environments.

Study abroad

No.

Teaching sessions

Note:Compulsory participation on location in Norway in March only.

Time schedule:

January and February: Preparation on location of choice.

March: Compulsory participation on hiking-tours etc. in Nordland/Bodø, Norway. The students are required to have arrived in Bodø no later than March 1. The students can travel back to their home university March 31.

April and May: Individual work on location of choice.

Teaching sessions

Note:
Compulsory participation on location in Norway in March only.

Time schedule: 

January and February: Preparation on location of choice.

March: Compulsory participation on hiking-tours etc. in Bodø, Norway. The students are required to have arrived in Bodø no later than March 1. The students can travel back to their home university March 26.

April: Individual work on location of choice.



Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Applicants from partner institutions:
> Nomination: September 15
> Application: October 1
ECTS Credits 20
Study level Shorter programme
Scope Part time
Teaching language English
Police certificate of conduct No
Campus Bodø

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Applicants from partner institutions:
> Nomination: September 15
> Application: October 1

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