The course explores the context of society, politics, history, economy, environment and natural resources in Iceland with regard to both land and sea. As a developed, resource rich, remote and sparsely populated island in the N-Atlantic Ocean, Iceland has distinct aspects. For example, the country’s diverse geology and homogenous demography, which are not easily comparable to neighbouring nations. Emphasis is placed on exploring Iceland’s international image with regard to the environment and natural resources. This includes how the country’s nature may be linked to the self-image of the modern Icelander, nature as a source of nationalism, and how this has manifested regarding utilization vs. conservation of natural resources.
Only for students in Coastal and Marine Management (MRM programme) or Coastal Communities and Regional Development (MA programme)
On completion of the course, a student:
- has acquired general knowledge on Icelandic society and environment.
- can identify how Icelandic culture and history are linked to Iceland’s international image regarding environmental issues.
- can evaluate current topics related to Icelandic society and environment in an interdisciplinary context.
- can construct and communicate a well-supported argument using information from course lectures, reading material, and own perspective.