SH-201 The History of Svalbard (6 ECTS)

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ID:
SH-201
CREDITS:
6 ECTS
START DATE:
22 January 2018 (16:15-18:00), Lassegrotta, UNIS
END DATE:
5 February 2018
COURSE PERIOD:
Spring semester (afternoon course in January/February), annually.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
None
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Lecture summaries; Ca. 20 pages. Recommended reading list; Ca. 250 pages
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
5/ - students
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Cannot be applied for. UNIS students should register online (see instructions in your e-mail). Others: No pre-registration necessary, just come to the first lecture.

INSTRUCTORS:

Thor Bjørn Arlov, historiker NTNU/UNIS.
Thor Bjørn Arlov
Adjunct Associate Professor

Course requirements:

This course is open to all enrolled students at UNIS, and to the Longyearbyen public. Only UNIS students are allowed to sit the exam.

Academic content:

The point of departure of the course is the gradual colonization and exploration of the circumpolar Arctic from pre-historic times until the modern period. The early exploitation of Svalbard as a resource frontier is discussed, with emphasis on whaling and hunting. Economic activity in the modern era is covered, first and foremost mining and large scale tourism. An overriding perspective is the interaction between man and the environment through nearly 400 years of resource harvesting.

The history of science in Svalbard will be outlined from its early beginnings in the 18th century until the present, including the more spectacular polar expeditions. Political history includes the question of sovereignty and the emergence of a management regime, as well as the role of Svalbard in a geopolitical context.

The development of Russian and Norwegian local communities will be analyzed, and particular emphasis will be put on the local history of Longyearbyen.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have a comprehensive overview of Svalbard’s history from its discovery in 1596 until the present day, covering main aspects of economic and scientific activity, politics, social and cultural development.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have acquired a basic understanding of historical thinking and applied historical method.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have a wider cultural context for and a historical perspective on their disciplinary studies and life in Svalbard. Have basic training in critical assessment of source material in order to form balanced judgment.

Learning activities:

The course extends over two weeks. The course runs Monday–Friday in week 4 and 5, from 16:15 to 18:00 every day.

Total lecture hours: 20 hours.

A web-based written exercise must be approved in order to sit the exam. During the course there will be a guided visit to Svalbard Museum and the Cultural Heritage Repository.

Compulsory learning activities:

At least 80% attendance at lectures. One web-based written exercise.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
 Written exam  3 hours  100%

The written exam consists of a multiple choice and an essay part. The essay accounts for ca. 2/3 of the final grade. Both parts must be passed. Only UNIS students are allowed to sit the exam.
All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.

Application deadline: This course cannot be applied for separately.

UNIS students should register online (see instructions in your e-mail). Others: No pre-registration necessary, just show up on the first lecture (22 January 2018 at 16:15 in Lassegrotta, UNIS) and register on a list.

 

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