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AFS-201
International Polar Field School (10 ECTS)

 

Course period:

Cancelled in 2014. Next course: TBA

Language of instruction: English
Credit reduction/overlap: None
Grade: Pass/Fail
Course materials: Curriculum/reading list: Ca. 250 pages
Course responsible: To be announced
UNIS contact person: To be announced
Course costs: To be announced


Required previous knowledge/specific course requirements:
Applicants must meet one or more of the prerequisites for UNIS undergraduate courses.
Note: PhD students are overqualified for this course

Learning outcome:

Interdisciplinary basic knowledge of environmental change in the Polar areas based upon past, present and future research being done in the Arctic during and after the IPY. Unique field-training experience in a high-arctic environment to be used in interdisciplinary project work during the field-school.

Academic content:
This course will focus on the impacts of climatic changes on the Polar regions, and students will accordingly get a general overview of topics including geology, glaciology, permafrost, oceanography, meteorology, biology, Polar social science and management/decision making in the Polar areas.

The field-school will provide hands-on activities, field-work, group work and lectures covering the main topics, but also a deeper look into present polar research that was accomplished during IPY 2007-2009.

Students will work with group projects and thus get training to improve report writing and presentation skills. The projects will be based on data collected during fieldwork, the lectured scientific topics and the lectures regarding management systems and the legal framework applying to the Polar region. In total the course provides facts and information on a variety of issues within the main concerns mentioned, and introduces students to field-work in the Arctic, methods in different disciplines, skills in how to make a good presentation and perform research outreach, and finally how to see Polar research in a broader perspective. The field school is a collaborative initiative between IPY Norway, UNIS, UArctic and the Association of Early Career Polar Scientists (APECS).


Teaching methods and activities:

Lectures, excursions, field work.

Compulsory assignment:
Field work, excursions, project work including poster production and presentation.

Assessment:

Method Time
Percentage of final grade
Oral presentation and approved poster  
100 %

 

All assessments must be fulfilled in order to receive a final grade.

Application deadline: To be announced

 

 

More about the IPY Field School students' experiences:

 

Watch videos from the previous IPY Field Schools:

  IPY Field School 2012 video (Vimeo)  
IPY Field School 2011 video (YouTube)
IPY Field School 2010 video (YouTube)
  IPY Field School 2009 video (APECS)  

 


 

Previous timetable for the IPY Field School (PdF)
  IPY Field School 2011 timetable  
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