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Before choosing course

The objective of this course is to give an introduction about societal and cultural contexts in the Nordic countries, with a particular focus on the Arctic region, in a historical perspective. The course is aimed at students from abroad who will take part in the course AK1214 Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic and to introduce these students to contexts that are already familiar to the Swedish participants in AK1214.

The point of departure for Environment and society in a changing Arctic: Introduction (as well as for AK1214) is the current development in the Arctic region. There is an increasing international interest in the Arctic, triggered by the impacts of global warming – the melting of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice. This has led to increased efforts by scientists to explain these changes, but also to new economic interests. An Arctic ocean free from sea ice offer new possibilities for extracting energy resources as well as new shipping routes. As a consequence, issues such as sustainable resource use and governance have become central items on the political agenda of states in the region. The Arctic environment, and the ways humans relate to it, has undergone changes before. In order to understand the present development and its possible outcomes, we need to know and explain previous periods of change. After this introduction course, the students will be able to describe overarching political, economic and cultural contexts in the Nordic countries and thereby be prepared to analyze such research problems within the framework of AK1214 Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AK1215 (Spring 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course will consist of a series of lectures and literature seminars which will take place at KTH, Campus Valhallavägen, during week 24.

Intended learning outcomes

The objective of this course is to give an introduction about societal and cultural contexts in the Nordic countries, with a particular focus on the Arctic region, in a historical perspective. The course is aimed at students from abroad who will take part in the course AK1214 Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic and to introduce these students to contexts that are already familiar to the Swedish participants in AK1214.

The point of departure for Environment and society in a changing Arctic: Introduction (as well as for AK1214) is the current development in the Arctic region. There is an increasing international interest in the Arctic, triggered by the impacts of global warming – the melting of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice. This has led to increased efforts by scientists to explain these changes, but also to new economic interests. An Arctic ocean free from sea ice offer new possibilities for extracting energy resources as well as new shipping routes. As a consequence, issues such as sustainable resource use and governance have become central items on the political agenda of states in the region. The Arctic environment, and the ways humans relate to it, has undergone changes before. In order to understand the present development and its possible outcomes, we need to know and explain previous periods of change. After this introduction course, the students will be able to describe overarching political, economic and cultural contexts in the Nordic countries and thereby be prepared to analyze such research problems within the framework of AK1214 Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic.

Course Disposition

Lectures and excursions daytime during week 24.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Applicants registered on a regular KTH programme are eligible.

For applicants not registered on a regular KTH programme: Documented completed upper secondary education, including proficiency in English.

Recommended prerequisites

Applicants registered on a regular KTH programme are eligible.

For applicants not registered on a regular KTH programme: Documented completed upper secondary education, including proficiency in English

Equipment

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Literature

Kursen behandlar politiska, ekonomiska och kulturella förhållanden i Norden och hur de har förändrats i ett historiskt perspektiv. Kurslitteraturen kommer att vara endast på engelska och kommer att förändras från år till år, i takt med att ny syntetiserande litteratur inom dessa områden publiceras. Därför väljer vi att presentera kurslitteraturen senast två månader före varje kursomgång, dels genom meddelanden och dokument på kursens hemsida, dels i utskick till kursdeltagarna.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • INL1 - Assignments, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The course is only ment for students from University of Illinois who will participate in the course AK1214.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination: 1) active participation in discussions and 2) write and present a written assignment.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Profile picture Nina Cyrén Wormbs

Profile picture Sverker Sörlin

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK1215

Offered by

ABE/History of Science, Technology and Environment

Main field of study

Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Dag Avango, epost: avango@kth.se