High North Dialogue EN313E

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 2016 organized by High North Center at Business School 25th-26th of May 2016. The focus of the conference is dialogue: the dialogue between young people and the Arctic regions representatives. For more information and registration, please visit   http://www.highnorthdialogue.no  www.highnorthdialogue.no  .

High North Dialogue EN313E

ECTS Credits 7.5
Level Graduate degrees
Course type Elective
Start semester Spring 2016
Year of study 1st study year
Course location Campus Bodø
Faculty Nord University Business School
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

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 2016 organized by High North Center at Business School 25th-26th of May 2016. The focus of the conference is dialogue: the dialogue between young people and the Arctic regions representatives. For more information and registration, please visit www.highnorthdialogue.no.

Expenses

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

Learning outcomes

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 High North resources are especially valuable due to global talks about decreasing oil and gas resources, and negative impacts of climate change. However, the High North is also a region with robust fish and seafood industries, which advocate for pristine environment. The interest for value creation in the High North is growing. Different debates include discovery and access to mineral and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic, possibilities for new maritime routes, opportunities for Arctic tourism development, as well as support of indigenous communities and human resources in 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. In advance, students will be given a specific scenario topic developed by relevant stakeholders in the Arctic and relevant for the High North Dialogue conference.

 

As the part of education activities, Master students will take part at the High North Dialogue Conference 2016 organized by High North Center at Business School 25th-26th of May 2016. The focus of the conference is dialogue: the dialogue between young people and the Arctic regions¿ representatives from industry ¿ ranging from maritime to land-based industry, authorities and academics to share information and discuss the best practices in order to tackle challenges in the region. The topic of the 2016 conference is ¿The Blue Future of the Arctic¿. For an updated version of the conference program, please visit www.highnorthdialogue.no.

 

Knowledge

upon completion of the course, the students will have the knowledge and understanding about:

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

 

Skills

upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

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

 

General competence

upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • analyze opportunities and challenges for implementing foresight management in organizations
  • demonstrate their communication skills by providing convincing arguments about their own worldview
  • display their creativity in solving potential challenges and problems for an organization
  • analyze barriers and challenges for sustainable development in the High North.

Prerequisities

Qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor degree.

Mode of delivery

Face to face

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures and scenario workshop 23 May - 27 May 2016

High North Dialogue conferance 25 May and 26 May 2016

Course literature

Syllabus:

  • Amer, M., T. U. Daim and A. Jetter (2013) ¿A review of scenario planning¿, Futures, 46, 23-40.
  • McMaster (1996) ¿Foresight: Exploring the Structure of the Future¿, Long Range Planning, 29, 2, 149-155.
  • Overland, I., Bambulyak, A., Bourmistrov, A., Gudmestad, O., Mellemvik, F. and Zolotukhin, A. (2015) ¿Barents Sea Oil and Gas 2025: Three Scenarios¿ in A. Bourmistrov, Mellemvik, F., Bambulyak, A., Gudmestad, O., Overland, I. and Zolotukhin, A. (eds) International Arctic Petroleum Cooperation: Barents Sea Scenarios, Chapter 2, Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy Series, Routledge.
  • Paul Raimond (1996) ¿Two Styles of Foresight: Are We Predicting the Future or Inventing It?¿, Long Range Planning, 29, 2, 208-214.

 

Recommended litterature:

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 university¿s quality assurance system.

Overlapping courses

EN301E The Geopolitics of Petroleum and Natural Gas - 4 study points.
FE314E Industrial Ecology, Social Finance and Sustainable Accounting - 2 study points.