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Northern Studies 1111 An Introduction to the Circumpolar World View Details
The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region. Beginning with an examination of the geography, biological and physical systems of the Subarctic and Arctic, the course then turns to the aboriginal and contemporary peoples of the region. The history of the Circumpolar World is treated in a broad fashion, to provide grounding in the events and developments that have created the region's contemporary qualities. The second part of the course surveys particular issues facing the region, including climate change, economic, political and social development.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS100)
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 1112 An Introduction to the Canadian North View Details
Students are introduced to the specific characteristics of the Canadian North including its landscape, peoples, and issues. The course is a multi-disciplinary examination of the interaction between humans and the physical environment in the Canadian arctic and sub-arctic. An understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Peoples in the region and their historic and natural foundations will be emphasized.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 2172 Finland and the Nordic Region in the 20th Century View Details
See Department of History, History Courses, History 2172, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): History 2172
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 2312 Native Peoples and the North View Details
See Department of Indigenous Learning, Courses, Indigenous Learning 2312, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Indigenous Learning 2312/Environmental Studies 2312
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 2411 Special Topics View Details
The content of this single term course will vary from year to year to suit student needs and faculty expertise. The topic will be announced in advance by the Northern Studies Program.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Notes: This course may be taken more than once, provided that each section covers a different topic.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 2610 Northern Environmental Chemistry View Details
See Department of Chemistry, Courses, Chemistry 2610, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Chemistry 2610/Environmental Studies 2610
Course Classifications: Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Northern Studies 2817 Sociology of the North View Details
See Department of Sociology, Courses, Sociology 2817, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Sociology 2817/Environmental Studies 2817
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Northern Studies 3111 Land and Environment I View Details
The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the lands and environments that defines the Circumpolar North, as well as the key issues involving interaction between humans and environment that were introduced in BCS100: Introduction to The Circumpolar World.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS311)
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 3112 Land and Environment II View Details
Students will be provided with a greater understanding of the complexity of important concepts and issues related to the land and environment of the North. Students will study the impacts of natural and physical change on the peoples and conditions of the Circumpolar North. They will concentrate on three major fields for scientific study: (1) climate change, (2) natural resources, and (3) health and environment. Emphasis is given to the challenges of sustainability in the North, and to the need for long-term proper stewardship.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111 and 3111
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS312)
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 3211 Peoples and Cultures I View Details
This is the first of two courses that aim to promote an integrated and multidisciplinary understanding of the circumpolar peoples and their adaptations and contributions to social, economic, political and environmental changes. The peoples and cultures of the North Circumpolar region are introduced through interdisciplinary study in the fields of anthropology, sociology, history, media and cultural studies, communications and literature. Students will be introduced to traditional cultures and contemporary peoples through indigenous and Western perspectives. Also included are an introduction to Aboriginal cultures, a discussion of the Western presence in the Circumpolar North, and an examination of contemporary northern peoples.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS321)
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 3212 Peoples and Cultures II View Details
An integrated and multidisciplinary understanding of the circumpolar peoples and their adaptations and contributions to social, economic, political, and environmental changes are introduced. Also included are an introduction to Aboriginal cultures, a discussion of the Western presence in the circumpolar regions, and an examination of contemporary northern peoples. Consideration is given to culture/ethnicity, gender issues, media and journalism, national and regional identity, and international connections and co-operation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111 and 3211
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS322)
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 3311 Contemporary Issues I View Details
Students will be introduced to the important structures and forces affecting the sustainability of circumpolar communities. Students will deal with the population trends in the circumpolar region, natural resource use and the economies of these communities, and economic ownership. This course will provide students with an appreciation of the main challenges confronting the peoples and communities of the world's northern regions. Particular emphasis is on Indigenous Peoples and, as such, it will be beneficial to students attempting to better understand the current questions facing the north as well as to those planning to pursue advanced studies about the region.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS331)
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 3312 Contemporary Issues II View Details
Students will deal with questions relating to governance and politics in the North, social issues, education and knowledge systems, and global issues. Particular emphasis is placed on current issues and questions facing Indigenous Peoples in the north.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111 and 3311
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS332)
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 3313 Ecological Structure in Northern Environments View Details
See Department of Biology, Courses, Biology 3313, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Biology 3313/Environmental Studies 3313
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 3314 History of the Canadian North View Details
See Department of History, Courses, History 3314, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): History 3314
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 3317 Arctic Sovereignty View Details
Students will examine a range of related issues in geopolitics, from Hans Island to the Northwest Passage to competing claims to the Arctic Ocean seabed. Particularly focused upon will be the historical issues surrounding Canadian claims to the Arctic.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111 and 1112 and one FCE in Northern Studies at the second year level, or permission of the Program Co-ordinator and Chair of Northern Studies Committee; or two FCES in History, or permission of the Chair of the Department of History
Cross-List(s): History 3317
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Northern Studies 3411 with the topic title "Arctic Sovereignty" may not take Northern Studies 3317/History 3317 for credit.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 3330 The North American Fur Trade View Details
See Department of History, Courses, History 3330, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): History 3330/Indigenous Learning 3330
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 3411 Special Topics View Details
The content of this single term course will vary from year to year to suit student needs and faculty expertise. The topic will be announced in advance by the Northern Studies Program.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Notes: This course may be taken more than once, provided that each section covers a different topic.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 3435 Native People and the Land View Details
See Department of Indigenous Learning, Courses, Indigenous Learning 3435, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Indigenous Learning 3435/Environmental Studies 3435
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 3671 Geography of the Arctic Region View Details
See Department of Geography and the Environment, Geography Courses, Geography 3671, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Geography 3671/Anthropology 3671

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Northern Studies 4111 Canada and the Circumpolar World View Details
This senior seminar examines selected topics in Northern Studies at an advanced level involving the Canadian North.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 4213 Politics in the Canadian North View Details
See Department of Political Science, Courses, Political Science 4213, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Political Science 4213/Indigenous Learning 4213

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Northern Studies 4311 Advanced Seminar in Northern Studies View Details
This is a required course for all Northern Studies majors. Students will research a particular issue in Northern Studies and present the findings of their research in the seminar.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 4313 Issues in the History of Northern Ontario View Details
See Department of History, History Courses, History 4313, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): History 4313
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Northern Studies 4411 Special Topics View Details
The content of this single term course will vary from year to year to suit student needs and faculty expertise. The topic will be announced in advance by the Northern Studies Program.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Notes: This course may be taken more than once, provided that each section covers a different topic.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 4511 International Field Study View Details
Credit Weight: 0.5
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Northern Studies 4901 Honours Thesis View Details
Recommended for students considering graduate work. See Notes under HBA and HBSc programs for preparatory work to be done by the end of the third year. The thesis may be on any topic approved by the student's advisor and may entail field and/or laboratory work, as well as library research.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department and a minimum B (70%) overall average in third year level Northern Studies courses
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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