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Arctic Studies Programme ASP (30 ECTS) OK

Organized by the Arctic Centre and Faculty of Social Sciences.


Programme Overview

The Arctic Studies Programme (ASP) offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Arctic issues. The approach of the ASP is truly multidisciplinary and it provides comprehensive inside knowledge of the physical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the Arctic.

The ASP is organized and coordinated by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland. The programme is connected to the Arctic Centre’s Research Department and the courses are taught by senior scientists and other researchers at the Arctic Centre. The Arctic Centre’s researchers, who represent various nationalities and disciplines, use an interdisciplinary approach to study northern questions. The research sheds light in many ways on opportunities in and threats to Arctic areas.

After completion of the programme the student is able to

Please note that the Arctic Studies Programme ASP does not award a degree! If the module is completed successfully, it can be counted as a minor toward a degree.

Students and Studies

The ASP is designed for Finnish and foreign degree students, exchange students, and special groups. The courses are taught in English. ASP studies in the autumn semester are basic level studies and are taught during the autumn semester (periods 1–2), from the beginning of September to mid-December.

The studies can be completed by either taking individual courses or taking part in the whole 30 ECTS module. Students are required to register for all individual courses in advance by using WebOodi system. Those exchange students who plan to complete the whole programme (30 ECTS) are required to send a separate application to University of Lapland. More information on application procedure is available on the Internet at EN/research/asp.



 Academic coordinator Anna Stammler-Gossmann

Structure of Studies, academic year 2019–2020


Basic level studies (30 ECTS) consists of five compulsory courses (ASPB1101–1105) and one optional course (ASPB1106). Please note that this non-degree minor programme is offered only in autumn semester.

ASPB1101 Introduction to the Arctic 5 ECTS
ASPB1102 Arctic Ecosystems and Adaptation of Species to Arctic Environment 5 ECTS
ASPB1103 Arctic Governance 5 ECTS
ASPB1104 People, Culture and Identities of the Arctic 5 ECTS
ASPB1105 Arctic Political Economy 5 ECTS
ASPB1106 Arctic Studies Programme, Alternative Courses 5 ECTS