About this module

The aim of this module consists in providing robust learning materials to students about the impact of climate change in the Arctic and its consequences at a global level. Students familiarize themselves with the region under consideration, one of the “hotspots” of climate change where the impact of the latter is particularly strong and visible on the environment, notably the cryosphere and permafrost regions, as well as the Arctic societies. Climate change also opens new perspectives for economic development on the benefits of which opinions diverge, an issue reflected by media discourses that are discussed in this module. Last but not least, such changes also impact the geopolitical role of the Arctic and issues of international security that the model will also introduce students to.

The module provides an introduction to the subject and a number of case studies in English. Higher Education institutions might wish to adapt content by keeping some of the English-language case studies but also adding content from other national media, perhaps closer to their students’ experience. Whatever the case may be, the content needs to be regularly updated as the situation is changing very fast in the Arctic.

  • Appreciate critically how climate change impacts the Arctic environment and societies
  • Understand cultural diversity in the Arctic and the impact of climate change on the Arctic environment and societies
  • Assess different and diverging discourses about opportunities of economic development in the Arctic
  • Assess the geopolitical dimension of stakeholders’ interest in the Arctic and its impact
  • Browsing, searching and filtering information and digital content
  • Evaluating data, information and digital content
  • Integrating and re-elaborating digital content
  • Use their skills to implement attitudes of openness to cultural otherness and to other beliefs, world views and practices
  • Draw on their analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Draw on their knowledge and critical understanding of the world, esp. politics, cultures, economies, environment and sustainability
  • Use their linguistic, communicative and plurilingual skills
  • Solid English-language comprehension skills and familiarity with reading media discourses in English.