Interdisciplinary summer school 2018


Effects of climate change on Arctic livelihoods and living conditions (2- 10 ECTS):


This course is jointly offered by the University of Helsinki, the Agricultural University of Iceland, the University of Iceland, Aarhus University, Lund University, the Estonian University of Life Sciences, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Oulu, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Greenland and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

The course is given in four parts. Parts I-III are online distance learning modules, and part IV is given as a two-week intensive course in two locations, Nuuk and Reykjavík.

Parts I and II are open for everyone interested. Students for parts III and IV are selected based on the grades that they receive for the learning diary of part I and the project report of part II.


Expected learning outcomes

  • Students acquire basic knowledge about climate change as a scientific phenomenon, as well as about mitigating it and adapting to it.
  • Students understand the basics of how climate functions and are able to define causes and consequences of climate change.
  • Students can explain what measures can be taken to mitigate climate change and how it is possible to adapt to it.
  • Students are able to look at climate change from various perspectives and make connections between the environment, the economy and different parts of society.
  • Students recognize climate change as a global, human and ethical challenge and/or opportunity.
  • Students reflect on their own role in climate change and are able to apply what has been learned in the course to their own field of study.
  • Students can look for solutions to the climate challenge in a variety of ways and examine different perspectives, solutions, sources of information and the current debate about climate change from a critical point of view.
  • Students can explain the different new opportunities offered by climate change, e.g. new shipping channels, accessing preciously unreachable oil and gas deposits, tourism.

Two-week intensive course (1-12 July 2018, 5 ECTS)

  • Work in groups continues during the Arctic Summer School in Nuuk and Reykjavik.
  • Short presentations of the groups at the beginning.
  • Discussions in groups and joint discussions are emphasized; short summaries of the online lectures will be provided during the course.
  • Presentations and blog posts at the end.
  • Four field trips:
    1. Kobbefjord field station
    2. Kapisillit local community (overnight trip)
    3. Ecosystem sites in southern Iceland
    4. Local community in Iceland

Expected learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Students will be able to summarize changes in the cryosphere and the effects on society, and have obtained knowledge of methodologies in social and natural sciences.

Competence and skills

  • Students have improved their ability to convey their research.
  • Students have improved their ability to communicate with scientists from other disciplines.

Judgement and approach

  • Students have a wider knowledge of the methods used in social and natural sciences and a better understanding of scientific results from other disciplines.

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