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Sustainability of people in the polar regions

The Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen presents an advanced multidisciplinary course for Master and Ph.D. students who are interested in the polar regions. One week full time education in Groningen, an evaluation of a paper and a visit to a science symposium organised by the Willem Barentsz Polar Institute in Utrecht.


Focussing on the human dimension in a extreme environment, vulnerable and changing under global warming. Themes like habitation, exploitation, exploration and governance are developed from a historical perspective to future scenario’s with key lectures, discussions, literature evaluations and short presentations.
First week full time presence required in Groningen, Aweg 30
Bring your own laptop with wireless
Symposium 14 December 2011 in Utrecht
Total study load 2 ECTS
Potential extension with 8 ECTS Polar Ecology or individual programme
Costs: € 100,- for Ph.D. students, free for master students.
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University of Groningen
Arctic Centre, University of Groningen
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2 weeks
habitation, exploitation, exploration, governance, Sustainability, History

International reputatio 

Since the excavation of the 17th century Dutch whaling station Smeerenburg on Spitsbergen in the 1980s, the Arctic Centre, within the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, has established an international reputation. This course offers a programme tailored to the individual background and interest of the student. You will develop the necessary skills to work as a specialist in a multidisciplinary and international setting. Students in archaeology will take part in excavations in the Arctic, whereas students in other fields may focus on written sources, drawings and paintings, do fieldwork following their own expertise, or even study present-day societies. The master course "Sustainability of people in the polar regions" is part of the programme, but is also open to all students who want to get a glimpse of our multidisciplinary approach to the polar regions.

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