University of Alberta

Arctic Economy

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Brenda Parlee
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen

Instructors: Brenda Parlee


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5 hours to complete
3 weeks at 1 hour a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Understand the economic past, present and future of the circumpolar arctic.

  • Recognize the opportunities and challenges of economic development in the arctic including local and global drivers.

  • Understand the social, cultural, and political context of local, national and circumpolar arctic economies.

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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to the first step of your journey into the Arctic! In this module, we will introduce you to a diverse array of Arctic communities across the circumpolar north. You'll gain a basic understanding of the geography, culture and history of the Indigenous, North American, Russian, and Nordic Arctic, along with a few concepts and theories along the way. This foundational module will help us understand the recent changes, specific to and shared by, each of these regions, which have caused so much disruption across the Arctic.

What's included

6 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Welcome back! Now that you have a basic understanding of each region, in this module we will do a deep dive into the historical and contemporary economies of each of the 4 Arctics. Throughout the module, you'll encounter some key concepts that will help you understand how northern communities have been engaged in the global economy and what the future might hold. By the time you finish the final video of Module 2, you'll be more than halfway through this condensed course!

What's included

4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

You've made it to the last full module of the course- congratulations! Here, we will focus on the rise of globalization and the sweeping changes it has brought to Arctic communities. We’ll also look at the problem of how to manage the tensions that arise between local and global communities. Finally, we will examine the different modes of Arctic governance and examine some of the strategies and tools northern communities are using to secure the sustainability of Arctic communities and ecosystems.

What's included

4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this final, short summary module, we will end our thought experiment and examine some of the questions that it has left us with, looking to the uncertain future facing Arctic communities, economies and cultures. There is no single answer to solve every problem and challenge that we've encountered, but by taking this course, and informing yourself of these issues, you are already contributing to a better future for these areas of the world.

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1 video1 quiz


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4.6 (28 ratings)
Brenda Parlee
University of Alberta
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