GlobalArctic MOOC

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The GlobalArctic MOOC introduces you the dynamics between global changes and changes in the Arctic.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Commitment: 4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week
  • Language: English
  • How To Pass: Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.


Taught by:  Matthias Finger, Professor EPFL, ITPP, MIR, IGLUS Lab

This course aims to highlight the effects of climate change in the Polar region. In turn, it will underline the impacts of a warmer Arctic on the planet Earth. For human civilization, the Arctic stands both as a laboratory and a warming for human kind. Besides, this course gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development in the Arctic region.

The course is committed for a transdisciplinary approach. The course is structured in four weeks as follows:

Week 1

The Arctic in the Earth system

Week 2

Arctic resources and the world’s hunger for them

Week 3

The evolving image and significance of the Arctic from a frontier, to the Cold War theater, to a new industrial frontier

Week 4

Evolving actors and governance in the Arctic
This course is unique as it gathers the world’s experts to speak about the Arctic. Their respective inputs from different academic perspectives and disciplines offer a relevant and complete assessment of the Arctic region and its connection to the rest of the planet. At the end of the day, the course intends to offer in full scope the keys to understanding as the Arctic plays as a mirror of the human and geological dynamics.