Denmark, Copenhagen

Greenland at the crossroads: Climate Change, Asian interests in the Arctic and developments in Greenland

when 1 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee EUR 230

The course will consider what Greenlandic actors can do with their overall ambitions of economic development and, eventually, statehood facing several big challenges stemming from internal and external pressures in the changing geopolitical context of the Arctic: Which ideas and instruments of governance, economic resources, nation building and state formation is available for Greenland in the present circumstances? Ongoing climate changes have catapulted Greenland into the proclaimed role of the messenger of the rapid changes going on in the Arctic as a warning of future challenges globally. At the same time, Greenland is a gate to opportunities that the Arctic offers a growing world population with growing demands for resources that the climate change is reported to make easier accessible. The course will discuss scenarios for development in Greenland within the context of developments in the Arctic and in relations between Greenland and Denmark by focusing on dynamics in three areas of drastic change: Continuing climate change, growing Asian interests in the Arctic together with the resulting governance implications for Greenland.

Course leader

Uffe Jakobsen

Target group

The course is open for bachelor and master students.

Course aim

The summer course will last two weeks and take the form of a seminar and consist of lectures, discussions, written assignments and student presentations as well as presentations by invited guests or visits at relevant institutions dealing with different aspects of developments in the Arctic.

Fee info

EUR 230: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1275: Non EU/EAA citizens