This course centers on different future scenarios regarding the Arctic. Different stakeholder groups, their views and interests in the Arctic will be presented and discussed. Pressing themes, such as minority and indigenous rights, resource use and extraction, political development and international cooperation will be explored through theories and methodologies such as strategic foresight and strategic impact assessments (SIA). Students will thus be equipped with the ability to develop critical thinking about ongoing economic, political and social changes and their implications. The course will draw on existing academic outputs and apply practical ‘tools-based’ exercises.
On completion of the course, a student:
- can explain how foresight techniques can make innovation, regional development and marine policies more robust.
- can identify the change processes at play in the Coastal Arctic and understand their characteristics.
- can analyse the interrelationships between drivers and be able to consider their impacts.
- can test new business ideas against alternative versions of the future.
- can test ways of regional development policies and marine management policies against alternative versions of the future.
- has demonstrated ability in communicating foresight techniques to stakeholders in an exemplified marine management or regional development situation.
Only for students in Coastal Communities and Regional Development (MA programme)