Arctic Studies Programme 2021-2022

(25 ECTS compulsory courses and three optional courses)
Organized by the Arctic Centre and Faculty of Social Sciences


Programme Overview

The Arctic Studies Programme (ASP) offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Arctic issues while studying at the university located at the Arctic Circle. The approach of the ASP is truly multidisciplinary and provides comprehensive inside knowledge of the physical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the Arctic.

The ASP is organized and coordinated by the Arctic Centre and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland. The courses are taught by senior scientists and other researchers of the Arctic Centre. The Arctic scholars provide an advanced understanding of the Arctic region as ‘lived-in space’ sharing the knowledge from their relevant professional research fields. While focusing on the specific regional characteristics, the course gives also an opportunity to view the Arctic in the context of local processes, national perspectives and global values.

After completion of the programme the student is able to:

  • describe the environmental, political, cultural, social, juridical and economic features of the Arctic
  • apply and use the knowledge of the Arctic provided by natural, social and political sciences, economics and law
  • locate the Arctic and Arctic issues in the context of broader discussions on environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural and legal questions
  • demonstrate improved knowledge in different approaches and multidisciplinary character in Arctic research
  • judge the viability of information given, e.g. in media, and write an academic paper.

Please note: The Arctic Studies Programme does not award a degree. If the module is completed successfully, it can be counted as a minor toward a degree.

Students and Studies

The ASP is designed for Finnish and foreign degree students, exchange students, and special groups. The courses are taught in English. ASP studies in the autumn semester are basic level studies and are taught during the autumn semester (periods 1–2), from the beginning of September to mid-December.

The programme consists of five main courses (ASPB1101–1105) and three optional courses ASPB1106 (1, 2, 3). The studies can be completed by either taking individual courses or taking part in the whole 25 ECTS module. Three optional (5 ECTS and 1 ECTS) courses are offered in the semester 2021. Students are required to register for all individual courses in advance by using WebOodi system. Please note that the ASP is offered only once a year in autumn-winter semester and course’s themes might be changed next year.

Download the structure and the contents of the studies, the description of the lectures and presentation of the programme [pdf].


Dr. Anna Stammler-Gossmann


Regarding registration issue please contact: Internationalisation Services


University of the Arctic

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. The Arctic Centre actively participates in developing the operational content of the UArctic, in its mobility programs and thematic networks (People and the Arctic Extractive Industries and Arctic Law). The Arctic Studies Program delivers to UArctic’s Circumpolar Studies.


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