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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Interdisciplinary Programs in Northern Studies Northern Studies Programs
Northern Studies Programs

1. Honours BA (Northern Studies Major)

Four Year program
Courses will be chosen in consultation with the Coordinator. An overall average of 70% in all Northern Studies courses is required.

First Year:
(a) Northern Studies 1111 and 1112
(b) Two FCEs from Group I (see Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Regulations, First Year Arts Program Grouping Requirements)
(c) One FCE from Group II (see First Year Arts Program Grouping Requirements)
(d) One FCE elective

Second Year:
(a) Two FCEs at the second or third year level from Northern Studies Arts Electives
(b) Three FCE electives

Third Year:
(a) Six BCS Core Courses (three full course equivalents) (see program 4, Northern Studies and the University of the Arctic, below)
(b) Two FCE electives

Fourth Year:
(a) One and a half FCEs at the fourth year level from Northern Studies Arts Electives
(b) Two FCEs at the third or fourth year level from Northern Studies Arts Electves
(c) Northern Studies 4311
(d) One FCE elective

Note:
Honours Thesis. Students wishing to do an honours thesis (Northern Studies 4901) in the fourth year of the HBA program must have a faculty advisor by March 1 of their third year and, by March 31, must (a) have a topic approved by the advisor, (b) submit a thesis proposal and (c) provide a preliminary bibliography of at least 20 appropriate references in a format approved by the advisor.


2. Honours BSc (Northern Studies Major)

Four Year program
A student may enter, proceed in and graduate from the Honours BSc program in accordance with stipulations of the University Regulations section and Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Regulations section of the Calendar.

Courses will be chosen in consultation with the Coordinator.

First Year:
(a) Northern Studies 1111 and 1112
(b) Three FCEs from: Anthropology 1032, Anthropology 1034, Biology 1110, Biology 1130, Geography 1120, Geology 1110, Geology 1130
(c) One FCE elective

Second Year:
(a) Two FCEs at the second or third year level from Northern Studies Science Electives
(b) Two FCE electives from the following: Anthropology 2137, Biology 2110, Biology 2131, Geography 2211, Geography 2251, Geography 2351, Geography 2511, Geology 2210
(c) One FCE elective

Third Year:
(a) Six BCS Core Courses (three full course equivalents) (see program 4, Northern Studies and the University of the Arctic, below)
(b) One FCE in: Geography 2251, Geography 2271, Indigenous Learning 3100, Outdoor Recreation 2510, Psychology 2101, Psychology 3911, Sociology 2911, Sociology 3309
(c) One FCE elective from the following: Anthropology 3010, Anthropology 3115, Anthropology 3118, Anthropology 3811 (with topic title "Arctic Cultures"), Economics 3133, Geography 3311, Geography 3331, Geography 3411, Geography 3471, Geology 3130

Fourth Year:
(a) One and a half FCEs at the fourth year level from Northern Studies Science Electives
(b) Two FCEs at the third or fourth year level from Northern Studies Science Electives
(c) Northern Studies 4311
(d) One FCE elective

Note:
Honours Thesis. Students wishing to do an honours thesis (Northern Studies 4901) in the fourth year of the HBSc program must have a faculty advisor by March 1 of their third year and, by March 31, must (a) have a topic approved by the advisor, (b) submit a thesis proposal and (c) provide a preliminary bibliography of at least 20 appropriate references in a format approved by the advisor.

3. Minor In Northern Studies

A minor program in Northern Studies consists of an overall average of 60% in three course equivalents: the core courses, Northern Studies 1111 and 1112, and two full course equivalents, one of which must be at the third-year level, from either the Northern Studies Core Courses or the lists of Northern Studies Arts Electives and/or Science Electives.

Students who have previously taken Northern Studies 3001 may use it for credit towards the minor concentration.

Many of these courses have prerequisites, and students are advised to plan their programs with this in mind. Students are encouraged to discuss their Northern Studies minor programs with the program co-ordinator.

4. Northern Studies and the University of the Arctic

Students in Northern Studies are encouraged to make use of the various programs offered by the University of the Arctic (http://www.uarctic.org/). The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. Lakehead University is one of the key members of the University of the Arctic. Members share resources, facilities, and expertise to build post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students. Our overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge.

We promote education that is circumpolar, interdisciplinary, and diverse in nature, and draw on our combined strengths to address the unique challenges of the region. The University of the Arctic recognizes the integral role of indigenous peoples in northern education, and seeks to engage their perspectives in all of its activities.

The two main University of the Arctic undergraduate activities of interest to Northern Studies students are those dealing with mobility and undergraduate education.

MOBILITY

north2north
The north2north student exchange program gives students from UArctic member institutions the opportunity to learn first hand about life in another northern region. Successful students receive travel support to study at another UArctic institution. Students taking Northern Studies are encouraged to apply for the north2north program and spend at least one semester studying in another circumpolar country.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies (BCS)
The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies (BCS) is a comprehensive curriculum program that provides a solid understanding of northern issues with a circumpolar perspective, an integrative approach that includes social and natural sciences, and local knowledge, and at the same time reaches a broad base of students.

While completing the requirements of their Northern Studies degree students may also complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies from the University of the Arctic. In order to do this students must complete all seven BCS core courses and one advanced emphasis group of courses. Students should be aware that the University of the Arctic is not a degree granting institution.

(a) Core Courses
The UArctic course indicator is "BCS" or Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies. The University of the Arctic offers seven courses, each one equivalent to 6 ECTS (equivalent to one half-course at Lakehead University). The seven courses together are referred to as the "BCS Core".

BCS 100: An Introduction to the Circumpolar World (Northern Studies 1111)
BCS 311: Land and Environment I (Northern Studies 3111)
BCS 312: Land and Environment II (Northern Studies 3112)
BCS 321: Peoples and Cultures I (Northern Studies 3211)
BCS 322: Peoples and Cultures II (Northern Studies 3212)
BCS 331: Contemporary Issues I (Northern Studies 3311)
BCS 332: Contemporary Issues II (Northern Studies 3312)

(b) Advanced Emphases
Advanced Emphases are groups of courses generally equivalent to 30 ECTS credits or 5 Lakehead University half-courses and which focus on specific issues related to the North. Advanced emphases are meant to give students practical knowledge and experience that can be used to obtain meaningful employment in the North, or to prepare them for advanced study on research topics related to northern issues.

Core courses are developed, offered and provided to member institutions and their students by the University of the Arctic. Advanced Emphases are programs of study already offered onsite or online by a member institution, but which are relevant to and open for registration by students from other UArctic member institutions. Advanced Emphases are naturally complimentary to the north2north program, which provides funding and facilitates exchanges between member institutions and their students, usually for a period of one semester.