CORE 168C - The Arctic
The circumpolar north spans three continents and eight countries, and encompasses numerous indigenous groups, but is unified by its distinct ecosystem. The region has held sway in the popular imagination as an isolated realm apart, but is in fact an integral part of global society that has both been influenced by outsiders and has influenced the cultures of the West for centuries. This course surveys the land and peoples of the circumpolar north, looking at both traditional cultures and the region’s current inhabitants. It is a multi-disciplinary course focused on the interactions of people and their environment which explores the region’s geography; indigenous cultures including lifeways, art, and stories; Western exploration of the circumpolar north and its impact on both indigenous people and Western cultures; and current challenges facing the region such as cultural disruption, the discovery of fossil fuels, and the impacts of climate change.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: No Junior, Senior
Area of Inquiry: None
Liberal Arts CORE: Communities & Identities
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