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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Northern Studies (NORT) Courses Northern Studies Core Courses
Northern Studies Core Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Northern Studies 1111      An Introduction to the Circumpolar World
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS100)
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Northern Studies 1112      An Introduction to the Canadian North
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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 the region and their historic and natural foundations will be emphasized.
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Northern Studies 3111      Land and Environment I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Description: 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.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS311)
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Northern Studies 3112      Land and Environment II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Description: 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.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS312)
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Northern Studies 3211      Peoples and Cultures I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Description: 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.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS321)
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Northern Studies 3212      Peoples and Cultures II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Description: 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.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS322)
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Northern Studies 3311      Contemporary Issues I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Description: 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. 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.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS331)
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Northern Studies 3312      Contemporary Issues II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Northern Studies 1111
Description: Students will deal with questions relating to governance and politics in the North, social issues, education and knowledge systems, and global issues.
Notes: (University of the Arctic BCS332)
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Northern Studies 4311      Advanced Seminar in Northern Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
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