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A course refers to a specialized study program. It usually takes place on campus but can be delivered online. Courses are popular for people who want to get specific knowledge in one subject.

Students who pursue a Master generally spend one to two years in the enhanced study of their chosen field. This program is taken after receiving a bachelor’s degree, and available areas of study include science, law, technology, finance, social sciences and the arts.

Iceland officially the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country situated at the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Westfjords is peninsula located in northwestern Iceland lying on the Denmark Strait. It is renowned for its heavy snowing that is known to cover roads for several months in the year.

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Ísafjörður, Iceland

This course Outlook to the Future: Coastal Arctic Scenarios centers on different future scenarios regarding the Arctic. Different stakeholder groups, their views, and interest ... +

This course Outlook to the Future: Coastal Arctic Scenarios 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. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course Pollution in the Coastal Arctic introduces students to the chemistry related to contamination in the coastal zone. Chemical interactions in the interface of the sea ... +

The course Pollution in the Coastal Arctic introduces students to the chemistry related to contamination in the coastal zone. Chemical interactions in the interface of the sea, land, and air will be explained along with the transport of pollutants. The state of the coastal zones in the world will be discussed, as well as regional, national, and international monitoring practices and programs. An introduction to designing a monitoring program will be presented. Further, insight into our own lifestyle and the effects we have on the environment will be discussed. A special focus will be placed on the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals on living organisms, with special emphasis on sea-birds. Emphasis is also placed on environmental chemistry, where students gain insights into chemical analyses and ecotoxicology. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Public Policy provides an overview of regional and rural policy from a global perspective. A special emphasis is on the distinction between top-down and bottom-u ... +

The course in Public Policy provides an overview of regional and rural policy from a global perspective. A special emphasis is on the distinction between top-down and bottom-up policies as they relate to neoliberalism and the welfare state. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 

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Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Regional Policy Evaluation provides an overview of the concepts, processes, and methods of policy and program evaluation in the field of regional policies. Stude ... +

The course in Regional Policy Evaluation provides an overview of the concepts, processes, and methods of policy and program evaluation in the field of regional policies. Students learn how to plan, prepare, and conduct an evaluation, as well as disseminate the evaluation findings of regional policies and development programs in various contexts. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
31 May 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The reduction of Arctic sea ice creates increased opportunities for offshore maritime industries. This course uses the developments in the Arctic as a basis for providing an i ... +

The reduction of Arctic sea ice creates increased opportunities for offshore maritime industries. This course uses the developments in the Arctic as a basis for providing an interdisciplinary introduction to offshore activities, the different actors involved, and how the actors affect coastal communities and management of maritime industries. Examples from outside the Arctic will provide context and serve as a basis for comparison for global trends. Students will gain a deeper academic understanding of how environmental, socioeconomic and political drivers have impacted offshore activities such as shipping, navigation, port operations, offshore petroleum, seabed mining, power and telecommunications, security, piracy, and local community‘s socio-economic development. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
17 May 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Sociology of Rural and Remote Communities introduces sociological perspectives on rural and remote communities with an emphasis on the multifaceted tension betwe ... +

The course in Sociology of Rural and Remote Communities introduces sociological perspectives on rural and remote communities with an emphasis on the multifaceted tension between social structure and individual agency, solidarity and conflict, and local revitalization in an era of intensified globalization. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Sustainable Aquaculture focuses on the interplay between aquaculture and the environment with a focus on principles and concepts related to the ecology of aquacu ... +

The course in Sustainable Aquaculture focuses on the interplay between aquaculture and the environment with a focus on principles and concepts related to the ecology of aquaculture. Different aquaculture systems and production methods will be examined. The major theme will be the environmental aspects of aquaculture. This includes feed-stuff problems, alternative fish feed ingredients, and IMTA approaches (Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture). -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course Sustainable Waste Management in Coastal Communities provides a general overview on waste management by defining waste by looking at sources and characteristics of d ... +

The course Sustainable Waste Management in Coastal Communities provides a general overview on waste management by defining waste by looking at sources and characteristics of different waste types. In addition, the risk potential and corresponding disposal options of waste, under consideration of the waste hierarchy (prevention, reuse, recycling, disposal), are presented. Legal aspects such as international agreements on waste export and the impact of waste on the environment are discussed from a global point of view with local examples for specific issues. Waste logistics are also taught in this class. They are an important issue that is also connected to social and economic aspects. Sustainable waste management is challenging in a coastal and marine environment, especially in connection with extreme climate conditions. Issues like small-scale recycling and recovery, waste transport, marine and coastal pollution through intended and unintended waste dumping, interaction with wildlife, the impact of ship cruise tourism are thus part of this course. A special focus of the course will be laid on waste prevention in general and food waste prevention specifically. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
14 Jun 2021
14 May 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

In the course The Blue Economy and Coastal Communities, different approaches to achieve the sustainable use and conservation of ocean resources for improved wellbeing, social ... +

In the course The Blue Economy and Coastal Communities, different approaches to achieve the sustainable use and conservation of ocean resources for improved wellbeing, social equity, and healthy aquatic ecosystems will be discussed. The course focuses on the blue economy paradigm, which connects environmental, social, and economic sustainability by promoting the improvement of human wellbeing and social equity. The Blue Economy has gained attention among government organizations, development agencies, politicians, academics, entrepreneurs, and businesses as being a new integrated approach to community and regional development. Different economic sectors that play an important role in coastal community development will be examined, such as aquaculture, marine biotechnology, energy, trade, tourism, construction, and marine services. This course shifts the attention from traditional economic analysis to alternative economic models and measures. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course The Global Context covers policymaking and the regulatory framework that coastal areas are facing today in an increasingly international setting. The impact of glob ... +

The course The Global Context covers policymaking and the regulatory framework that coastal areas are facing today in an increasingly international setting. The impact of global policies on local environments and regional development will be examined in this course. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
17 May 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Understanding a Regional Economy provides a "model" of a regional economy by defining the mechanisms underlying the "demand-side" and the "supply-side" of the ec ... +

The course in Understanding a Regional Economy provides a "model" of a regional economy by defining the mechanisms underlying the "demand-side" and the "supply-side" of the economy and exploring how these interact to shape economic activity rates in the short run as well as more complex adjustments and their impacts, such as on competitiveness and trade. -
Courses
Full-time
3 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course in Welfare and development: Concepts and indicators critically engages a range of commonly available socioeconomic indicators while alternative indices, such as the ... +

The course in Welfare and development: Concepts and indicators critically engages a range of commonly available socioeconomic indicators while alternative indices, such as the Nordic Welfare Indicators, will be presented and discussed too. Students will learn about key concepts in welfare economics and the meanings of everyday categorizations such as a "good place to live", "healthy economy" and "vibrant community". -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course explores the patterns and processes of marine ecosystems. The main emphasis of the course is on the population and community ecology of marine ecosystems, relating ... +

The course explores the patterns and processes of marine ecosystems. The main emphasis of the course is on the population and community ecology of marine ecosystems, relating such ecological knowledge to the broader context of the environmental challenges faced by marine organisms and humans on a global scale. Lectures provide an in-depth understanding of concepts such as i) the diversity of life, distribution and dispersal, principles of population growth, species interactions, primary production, decomposition and nutrient cycling in marine ecosystems, trophic dynamics and food webs, biodiversity, ecosystem stability and function, as well as disturbance and succession of communities; ii) human-induced impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, as well as an introduction to ecosystem conservation. Discussion sessions and writing assignments serve to deepen the understanding of selected theoretical and practical concepts, approaches or applications as well as to train students in reading and writing scientific papers. -
Courses
Full-time
3 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course explores the complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities. In recent years, there has been an increasing recog ... +

The course explores the complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities. In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition that the marine environment cannot be managed effectively without the cooperation and participation of resource user groups and coastal stakeholders. Co-management and community-based management are two related, yet different approaches wherein cooperation and partnership are paramount and responsibility is shared, formally or informally, between state and user groups and/or communities of place and interest. The focus of this course will be to critically examine the extent to which co-management and other alternative community-based strategies provide a viable approach to marine management. Studies of such efforts from around the world, in different social and cultural contexts, will be critically examined to determine costs and benefits, the opportunities for and barriers to their implementation, and the conditions necessary for the development for sustainable, community-based coastal management systems. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
31 May 2021
Campus
 
Ísafjörður, Iceland

The course explores the concepts, principles, approaches, processes and issues related to integrated coastal and ocean management. This is achieved through a review of the dev ... +

The course explores the concepts, principles, approaches, processes and issues related to integrated coastal and ocean management. This is achieved through a review of the development and history of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) within a global context. An overview of different management strategies, as well as the meaning of integration in the governing of natural resources, will be presented. Country case studies will be presented and examined. Successful and failed integrated coastal and ocean management techniques will also be discussed and analysed. -
Courses
Full-time
2 weeks
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 

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