2497.17 Practice learning in West Nordic Studies (25 ECTS)
The aim of practice learning is to broaden the academic work skills of the student and additionally create a connection between the programme and the labour market. This should encompass:
Making the students qualified for the jobs in the field or theme they are working on in West Nordic Studies by applying theoretical knowledge in practice.
Creating a connection between the university education and the Faroese or international labour market, including creating networks and contacts within the field for each individual student.
Nurturing the analytical skills of the student through a practically-oriented and problem-based project.
Scientific workflow through a practically-oriented and problem-based project, where supervision and seminars aid this development.
- Teacher: Martin Mohr Olsen
course will offer Faroese, Greenlandic, and Danish students a reflexive, critical,
and practical understanding of science diplomacy in the Arctic. The course takes
place in connection with Arctic Circle (Reykjavik, Iceland) and will focus on current
Arctic challenges from Faroese, Greenlandic, and Danish perspectives. Students
(master and PhD) will engage with Arctic Circle participants to discuss these
challenges and together with course organisers students will discuss and
reflect upon science diplomacy in practice.
course is divided into three parts: 1) self-study and teaching based on
academic state-of-the-art literature on science diplomacy and engaged
scholarship. 2) Active participation in Arctic Circle. 3) Presentations at
Arctic Circle based on students’ own work on Arctic challenges.
This course will offer students a necessary reflexive and critical
understanding of knowledge and theories of governance and sustainable
management. The course will apply an overall distinction between
foundational and anti-foundational philosophies of science with which to
discuss different governance and sustainable management approaches.
The specific approaches will then be applied in analyses of West Nordic
cases, and through discussions will give students a broad sense of actors
and social dynamics in relation to the complex social issues that the small
(micro) societies of the West Nordic Region are facing.
The course content is divided into two parts: 1) The history of ideas, which
will focus on the ideational content of different philosophy of science
approaches informing governance and sustainable management. 2) The
practices of governance and sustainable management, which will focus on
the material and practical expressions of climate and environmental
governance and sustainable management. Special attention will be given
to examples from the West Nordic Region and the differences between
“disciplinary approaches”; i.e. mono-, intra-, multi-, cross-, inter-, and
The course is connected to ongoing research activities at the University of
the Faroe Islands.
This course will offer students a broad understanding of the scientific
mechanisms and drivers behind climate change, and will offer students
a thorough understanding of different theories of economics and
politics in relation to sustainability, climate, and environment. The
foundational knowledge of climate science will be incorporated in
policy and economic analyses and discussions of national, regional, and
global cases of how Science, Economics and Politics unfold in relation
to questions of sustainability, environment, and climate change
mitigation and adaptation.
The course consists of three research-based parts; climate change
science, economics, and political science. The parts will be taught both
independently and will be integrated together through the use of
empirical cases. The political economy approaches to be discussed
include neo-classical economics, green growth economics,
environmental economics, ecological modernisation, sustainable
development, ecological economics, and deep ecology. Students will
work with cases like the UN climate negotiations and
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, West
Nordic Green Growth approaches, and the Faroe Islands’ fishery
Thesis-writing involves students using the theories and methods of the programme to produce a major, written academic assignment that analyses an issue chosen by the student.
A mandatory part of writing the thesis is the thesis seminar, which provides students with general knowledge and guidance in the formulation of research questions, research objectives, in the development and application of research design, use of methodology, writing assignments, structuring both the written product and management of the workflow, as well as other relevant elements. An important element of the thesis seminar is the students’ own active participation, and students are required to both present their own work and give critical feedback to the work of others.
The seminar is passed based on active participation. Participation in the thesis seminars may take different forms, but normally entails that the student(s) present(s) two draft thesis papers (between 10 and 20 pages), provide critical feedback to other students’ presentations, and participate(s) in discussions thereof.