University of Alberta

Arctic Development

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Dr. Joshua Evans
Dr. Jeff Birchall

Instructors: Dr. Joshua Evans


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6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Gain an understanding of concepts in northern sustainability, geopolitics, resource management, planning and development.

  • Learn about the resilience of northern communities, and strategies/initiatives to combat a rapidly changing Arctic.

  • Gain an appreciation of regional planning in a changing Arctic

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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to the first step of your journey in Arctic: Development! In this short, introductory module we'll cover the basics of the Arctic, northern sustainability, geopolitics, resource management and development. To do this, we'll first see how the region is usually viewed through the particular lens of "The Four Arctics". At the end of this module, you'll have the context and vocabulary to tackle some of the issues in resource management, community management, and development, covered in the rest of the course. When it's time to venture north, click on the first video to get started!

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Welcome back! Now that you have an understanding of the four Arctics and some of the basic concepts affecting development in these regions, it's time to deep-dive into resource management. In this module we'll first take stock of some of the renewable and non-renewable resources in the Arctic, and explore different resource management strategies employed in each of the four Arctics, encountering a number of "tragedy of the commons" case studies. Finally, you'll reflect upon the formation and function of the Arctic Council, and its role in resource management.

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6 videos1 reading4 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Now that we're aware of some of the resources in the Arctic and how they're managed, it's time to move on to the people that live there. In this module, we'll turn our attention to community planning and development efforts in an increasingly populated Arctic, and how communities in various Arctic regions form resilience to some of the unique problems faced in these regions.

What's included

7 videos1 reading5 quizzes1 discussion prompt

If you're reading this, you've reached the very last module of the course- congratulations! Our previous three modules have given us the background needed to finally tackle the largest question posed in the course: what does development look like in a changing Arctic? In this module, we'll see how climate change is impacting the Arctic, and examine a number of structural and non-structural adaptations that different arctic communities are implementing. Finally, we will look at the strategies and policies directing and maintaining development across the four Arctics in the face of immense environmental change.

What's included

4 videos1 reading3 quizzes1 discussion prompt


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4.6 (23 ratings)
Dr. Joshua Evans
University of Alberta
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