M.A. in West Nordic Studies
Governance and Sustainable Management
In the Fall 2015, the University of the Faroe Islands, University of Greenland, University of Akureyri in Iceland, University of Iceland and University of Nordland, coastal Norway, launched a new international and interdisciplinary Master’s programme in West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management. This new Master’s programme provides students with a unique opportunity to take part in shaping the West Nordic region of Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, and coastal Norway and offers students a chance for enhanced mobility within the region.
The Master’s programme in West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management aims to provide specific knowledge of the High North combined with abilities to manage and link present day issues and past developments on orientation in the major themes of the present debate on societal challenges – specifically in relation to climate change and sustainability. The object is to increase knowledge of the common issues of the region and to heighten the level of education. The aim is to graduate candidates that can understand and meet the complicated challenges of the peripheral regions of the West Nordic countries as part of the High North complexities. It will offer a comparative perspective in meeting the urgent challenges the region is facing today including the social implications of climate change affecting scarce populations and micro-economies; long distances; limited working opportunities; gender issues in society and education; threats to indigenous culture and societal security; contested issues of identity and cultural heritage; the quest for natural resources; good governance and autonomy.