Students will deal with the population trends in the circumpolar region, natural resource use and the economies of these communities, and economic ownership. This course will also provide students with an appreciation of the main challenges confronting the peoples and communities of the world’s northern regions. As such it will be beneficial to students attempting to better understand the current questions facing the north as well as to those planning to pursue advanced studies about the region.

Upon successful completion of Contemporary Issues I, students will have:

  • Acquired a basic appreciation of the most important contemporary issues relating to globalization, sustainable communities, and natural resource use in the circumpolar regions of the world.
  • Attained an awareness of the relationship between the unique and diverse aspects of Northern societies and the common concerns facing the region.
  • Gained further insight into the complexity and inter-relatedness of human activity and the northern environment.
  • Critically examined various proposed explanations of the key challenges facing the North.
  • Recognized the cultural and gender-related diversity of approaches and ways of approaching the Circumpolar world.

Related documents

Title Author Description
BCS331 Table of Contents
BCS331 Module 1 Elana Kotyrlo Basic Economic Concepts as Applied to the Circumpolar North
BCS331 Module 2 Chris Southcott Changing Northern Economies and Globalization
BCS331 Module 3 Romanova and Fillipov Traditional Northern Economies
BCS331 Module 4 Hayley Hesseln Renewable Resource Economics 1
BCS331 Module 5 Hayley Hesseln Renewable Resource Economics 2
BCS331 Module 6 Joan Nymand Larsen Non-Renewable Petroleum
BCS331 Module 7 Joan Nymand Larsen Non-Renewable Mining
BCS331 Module 8 Galina Rats Northern Economic Infrastructure
BCS331 Module 9 Elena Kotyrlo Northern Social Infrastructure
BCS331 Module 10 Chris Southcott Climate Change and Economies