Hae opetus/tentit
ASPB1101 Introduction to the Arctic, 5 op 
Koodi ASPB1101  Voimassaolo 01.01.1950 -
Nimi Introduction to the Arctic  Lyhenne Introduction to 
Laajuus5 op  Vanhenemisaika  
TyyppiPerusopinnot Oppiaine0959 Monialainen, kansainvälinen 
LajiOpintojakso  Tuntimäärä  
Opinto-oikeus   ArvosteluHyväksytty, hylätty, arvosanat 1-5 
Suositeltu suoritusaika 
Vastuuyksikkö Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta 

Jukka Jokimäki 

Opintokohteen yleinen oppimateriaali:
Tekijä Nimike Vuosi Pakollinen Saatavuus
     CAFF  Arctic biodiversity assessment.  2013  - Saatavuus
     Larsen, J.N. ja Fondahl, G. (Eds.)  Arctic Human Development Report.  2014  - Saatavuus


The aim of this introductory course is to establish a common ground for further Arctic studies. After completion of the course the student is able to

  • discuss the features of circumpolar Arctic regions, Arctic nature and society
  • recognize different approaches and multidisciplinary character of Arctic research
  • discuss some geophysical phenomena which occur only in northern areas or do have special consequences there
  • judge the viability of information given, e.g. in media regarding the Arctic areas.

The course contains the following themes:

1) Introduction to the circumpolar Arctic and its complexities in the fields of natural sciences, law and politics, people, cultures and identities, as well as society and economy.

2) Definition of the Arctic from different ecological

3) Definition of the Arctic/North as space and place from representational viewpoint – concepts, images, discourses.

4) Introduction to the nature and natural resources of arctic and Boreal Regions.

5) Introduction to the Arctic economy and development

6) Threats to the Arctic environment

7) Arctic governance: Levels of governance, legal systems and international cooperation.

8) Introduction to the Arctic and Antarctic information sources.

9) One day excursion in Rovaniemi area and visit of the exhibition at the Arktikum-house.

Edeltävät opinnot 

No previous studies required.

Toteutus ja työmuodot 

Lectures and excercises (14 h), excursion (8 h), independent work (110 h).

Vaadittavat suoritukset 

Active participation in the lectures, reading requested course material, successful completion of a written exam.

Lectures and excercises (14 h), excursion (8 h), independent work (110 h).

Lisätietoja kirjallisuudesta ja muusta materiaalista 

Literature (compulsory)

CAFF (2013). Arctic biodiversity assessment: Status and trends in arctic biodiversity. Online: https://www.caff.is/assessment-series/233-arctic-biodiversity-assessment-2013 (please read: Introduction, Indigenous peoples and biodiversity, and chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 18, 19);

Larsen, J. N. & G. Fondahl (Eds).(2014). Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages. TemaNord. Copenhagen: Nordic council of Ministers. Online: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A788965&dswid=-3234 (Chapters: 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12).

Literature (suggested)

Armstrong, T., Rogers, G., Rowley, G. 1978. The circumpolar North. A political and economic geography of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. London: Methuen&Co.

Hamelin, L. E. 1979. Canadian Nordicity: It’s your North, too. Montreal: Harvest House.


Grades 1-5/fail


Autumn / 1 st period


University Researcher Jukka Jokimäki, PhD; University Researcher Anna Stammler-Gossmann, PhD; Researcher Marja-Liisa Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki; Information Specialist Liisa Hallikainen; Researcher, PhD candidate Adam Stepien; Associate prof. Stefan Kirchner; Research professor Kamrul Hossai




This course is compulsory for students of the Arctic Studies Programme and optional for other students (according to available places).


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