Master Course

EN313E HIGH NORTH DIALOGUE: International perspectives on business and governance in the High North (7,5 ECTS)

Course description

Course evaluation: Students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation) evaluate the study program annually. These evaluations are included in the university’s quality assurance system.

The objective of the course: 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. Rapid climate change, business development, and international cooperation in the High North mean that more knowledge is needed. Also, the High North is a region where new opportunities to exploit natural  resources, new trade routes and increasing human activities may have major consequences for the environment and society, and there is a great responsibility to ensure sustainable management of region’s business and societal development. Different debates include discovery, access and use of mineral and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic, possibilities for new maritime routes, cross-border cooperation, fisheries, opportunities for Arctic tourism development, as well as the 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 in the High North Dialogue Conference organized by High North Center at Business School. 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 to tackle challenges in the region. For an updated version of the conference program, please visit  www.highnorthdialogue.no.

Expected learning outcome

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
  • 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

Prerequisites: Qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor degree.

Recommended prerequisites: None.

Teaching activities and methods:
  • Lectures and scenario workshop
  • High North Dialogue conference
Assessment methods and criteria
  • Each student will have to read the provided literature before the course and to prepare a three-page individual written memo. Grade: passed/not
  • Oral presentation (students will make a group presentation of their scenarios for an examination commission and deliver a 5-page group report summarizing the scenarios they have developed). Grade: passed/not
  • The conference  report  (students  will  write  a  2-3-page  group  report  on  High  North  Dialogue conference). Grade: passed/not
  • Written assignment counts for 100 percent of the grade with the Norwegian grading system (A-F)

Costs: The graduate course fee, the conference fee, and meals during the events will be covered by Nord University Business School. Students will have to cover visa and travel costs themselves.

Funding opportunities:
  • Accommodation grant. We can offer accommodation in a student hostel, in rooms for to-three people, to a limited number of students. This will be distributed to the first students who apply and send enrollment documents before December 1, 2018. Please note that places are limited, so early application is advised.

How to apply? Students of Nord University apply via STUDWEB, course EN313E.

Students from other universities apply for the program by sending the standard application form and enrolment documents. The application form is found here. Detailed requirements for Russian and Ukrainian citizens are sent upon request. Enrollment documents include:

  • A copy of passport,
  • Copies of documents, confirming high school education: (1) master diploma with a transcript of records and (2) bachelor diploma with a transcript of records*,
  • A copy of high school/secondary school certificate with the attachment,
  • A confirmation of English language skills: TOEFL, IELTS or FCA certificate. Does not apply to Nordic countries, US, Canada, UK. Does not apply if the bachelor studies had English as the language of instructions.

Important: If the original documents are not in English/Norwegian, they should be translated into English. Translations are to be verified by a Notary.

For more information about English language  for different countries, please see the GSU-list.

* Students from Canada and USA should arrange that copies of their bachelor diplomas with transcripts of records are sent from the educational institutions in a sealed envelope directly to Nord University.
Address:  Elena Zhurova, NOS, Nord Universitet, Postboks 1490, 8049 Bodø, Norway.

Students will be notified about their enrollment and grants within January 7, 2019. They will receive a confirmation letter with practical information. There will be given a code, with which students register for the conference at our website, section Registration.

Course literature:
  • Crépin, -S., Karcher, M. and Gascard, J.-C. (2017). Arctic climate change, economy and society (ACCESS): Integrated perspectives, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
  • Angelidou, (2014) Smart city policies: A spatial approach, Cities, Volume 41, Supplement 1, July 2014, pp. S3-S11.
  • Kummitha, K. R. and Crutzen, N. (2017) How do we understand smart cities? An evolutionary perspective. Cities, Volume 67, July 2017, pp. 43-52.
  • Grossi, G., and Pianezzi, D. (2017) “Smart Cities: Utopia or Neoliberal ideology?”, Cities, 69, pp. 79- 85

For questions about the Master course, please contact:
Elena Zhurova (elena.zhurova@nord.no)
Tel: +47 755 17124