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Intermediate Level

Approx. 34 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to the MOOC

1 video (Total 6 min), 5 readings
5 readings
Introduction and objectives10m
Evaluation10m
Certificate10m
Course discussions10m
Where to get help10m
6 hours to complete

WEEK 1 EARTH SYSTEM DYNAMICS

8 videos (Total 66 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
Global warming and its effects on the Arctic10m
Climate effects of other pollutants (black carbon, methane)10m
Global warming, permafrost thawing and its effects on the Arctic14m
Impacts of global warming on Arctic biota9m
The effects of Arctic climate change on the Earth system9m
Impacts of Arctic climate change on the world9m
Conclusion to the Week 159s
7 readings
Week description and objectives10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
5 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No.110m
Practice Quiz No.28m
Practice Quiz No.36m
Practice Quiz No.56m
Practice Quiz No.68m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

WEEK 2 Arctic resources and the quest for them

8 videos (Total 71 min), 7 readings, 7 quizzes
8 videos
Oil, gas and coal resources exploitation in the Arctic12m
2.3 Mineral resource exploitation in the Arctic12m
Arctic Fisheries in an uncertain future11m
The opening of the Arctic to commercial shipping8m
Infrastructure development and urbanization10m
Tourism13m
Conclusion to the week 21m
7 readings
Week description and objectives10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
6 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No.1
Practice Quiz No.2
Practice Quiz No.3
Practice Quiz No.4
Practice Quiz No.5
Practice Quiz No.6
Week
3
5 hours to complete

WEEK 3 The evolving image and significance of the Arctic from early colonization to the ultimate industrial frontier

7 videos (Total 57 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
The Arctic as frontier15m
Early industrialization of the Arctic7m
The Arctic of the Cold War10m
The Post-Cold War Arctic7m
The Asian Arctic9m
Conclusion to the Week 33m
6 readings
Week description and objectives10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
Further videos10m
Further readings10m
Further readings10m
4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No.1
Practice Quiz No.2
Practice Quiz No.38m
Practice Quiz No.46m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

WEEK 4 Actors and governance in the Arctic

8 videos (Total 73 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
The colonized Arctic and the indigenous peoples12m
Russia and Norway: Bilateral relations in the Arctic10m
The Arctic 8 (Arctic Council and observers)12m
China and the Arctic11m
Europe and the Arctic11m
UNCLOS and legal regime in the Arctic9m
Conclusion to the Week 4 and Final Words3m
7 readings
Week description10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
Further reading10m
5 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No.14m
Practice Quiz No.210m
Practice Quiz No.410m
Practice Quiz No.510m
Practice Quiz No.68m

Instructor

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Matthias Finger

Professor
EPFL, ITPP, MIR, IGLUS Lab

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