The GENI program provides the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various challenges and opportunities facing the circumpolar north. Students will learn how different strategies of governance, entrepreneurship, and resource management can strengthen the position of the communities and the peoples of the region.
The program is provided through collaboration between UiT – the Arctic University of Norway and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and graduates receive a joint degree from both institutions.
The program is offered in a part-time schedule over the course of eight semesters (4 years) or full-time schedule over the course of four semesters (2 years).
GENI provides interdisciplinary approaches to academic content and includes courses delivered by instructors from different departments and faculties at each partner institution. In addition, the program provides practical content, including technical courses.
The program affords all students a unique opportunity to conduct applied research with industry, government, and Indigenous peoples and institutions on issues concerning natural resource management, consultations and negotiations, and economic development or other governance issues in the circumpolar north.
The program is offered flexibly, in both a part-time schedule over eight semesters (4 years) and in a full-time schedule over four semesters (2 years). These two formats facilitate the involvement of students who have already begun their careers and wish to complement their education with a master’s degree, while also allowing more academically focused students to complete the program more quickly.
The program includes internet-based courses, two field schools, an applied research project, and a thesis. All core courses and the field schools are mandatory.
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See Programme structure for Part-time study in the attached Study Plan below
|Semester I (Fall)||
Introduction to Graduate Academic Writing
(U of S, 5 ECTS)
IND-3012 GENI – Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics
(UiT, 5 ECTS)
STV-3040 Northern Governance
(UiT, 10 ECTS)
Public Policy Analysis
(U of S, 7.5 ECTS)
Northern Public Policy Analysis
(U of S, 2.5 ECTS)
Students have their first field school in Canada
|Semester II (Spring)||
(U of S, 5 ECTS)
Applied Research Project
(UiT, 5 ECTS)
Circumpolar Innovations and Entrepreneurship
(U of S, 10 ECTS)
Northern Resource Economics and Policy
(U of S, 10 ECTS)
Students have their second field school in Norway
|Semester III (Fall)||
Negotiations and Consultations in Northern and Indigenous Areas
(UiT, 10 ECTS)
Students may take the elective in Semester IV instead
(Part of IND-3901 GENI- Project Thesis)
|Semester IV (Spring)||
JUR-3621 Indigenous Peoples rights to land, resources and livelihood
(UiT, 10 ECTS)
(Part of IND-3901 GENI – Project Thesis)
IND-3901 GENI – Project Thesis
(UiT, 35 ECTS)
The GENI program provides students with the opportunity to learn through high-level critical comparisons between northern and Indigenous regions. The primary goal of this program is to build the necessary capacity for relationships between academia, industry, governments, Indigenous peoples and northern communities to create thriving local economies, respecting Indigenous rights and protect sensitive northern environments.
Student acquired knowledge
By the end of the program, students will have:
- advanced knowledge about actors, institutions and processes of vital importance for the development in the circumpolar North, and an understanding how different governance systems may hamper or promote social and economic innovations
- a solid understanding of the economics underpinning the natural resource industry in Northern and Indigenous regions;
- a solid understanding of domestic Indigenous rights in different countries, as well as international Indigenous rights;
- substantial insight into the potential for political, entrepreneurial and social innovations in northern and remote regions, as well as the barriers to positive developments in the circumpolar world;
- an appreciation for the value of applied research and its integration for effective decision-making, policy development, planning and implementation by Indigenous and northern communities, organizations, businesses and governments
- a unique understanding of the interconnected nature of the issues and challenges in Indigenous and northern areas.
Student acquired skills
By the end of the program, students will be able to:
- analyze academic problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field;
- critically examine of government policies, plans for business development, and community development related to the use of natural and human resources in the circumpolar North;
- critically evaluate different approaches to communication of complex challenges to societies;
- complete brief public policy proposals and applied research papers;
- conduct an independent, limited research and development project under supervision in the academic field of this program in accordance with ethical guidelines for research and appropriate norms in society, including with Indigenous peoples;
- evaluate the position of different actors and provide relevant advice to promote societal development;
- participate effectively in a formal negotiations process.
Student acquired competence
By the end of the program, students will have the knowledge and skills that will provide them with the requisite competencies to pursue doctoral studies in the areas of public policy, Indigenous studies, and sustainable development. Students will also be qualified for professional positions at different levels of public management and in the private sector— managing and executing reviews, and planning development processes. Students will be able to:
- analyze a given public policy or large development project, regarding its economic and political feasibility, including issues related to domestic government structures, northern climate constraints, and consultations requirements;
- analyze and compare the development of industry and implementation of Indigenous self-determination in different geographic areas of the circumpolar North;
- adapt innovative ideas regarding governance, entrepreneurship and community development in other regions to their own local setting;
- provide a basic assessment of how a proposed development project might contravene or uphold Indigenous rights norms;
- propose suitable ways to undertake meaningful dialogue with community members, government officials, and industry representatives in northern and Indigenous areas.
Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of both UiT and UofS.
The GENI program is interdisciplinary and is open to students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds.
- Students must document at least a bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification, with a specialization of 80 ECTS, preferably within social sciences, law or education.
- Applicants must enclose a statement of purpose (maximum of two pages). This statement must include the purpose for and interest in pursuing the master’s degree program (i.e. relating prior academic achievements and professional experiences to the core concerns of the program). There is no need for recommendation letters.
- Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a brief interview to clarify student and program expectations regarding work-load and progression.
Applicants with a Norwegian study background need an average minimum grade of C or better from the bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the master’s program.
Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand need an average minimum grade of C or better or the corresponding numerical mark/percentage score in order to be considered for admission. The Canadian equivalent is 70%.
Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned must have an average grade of B or better, or the corresponding numerical mark/percentage score, in order to be considered for admission.
Working experience in the public and private sectors in the circumpolar north is welcomed but is not a requirement for admission.
Application: Through the UofS’s online application system.
If you have questions regarding admission, please refer to the contact information for the GENI program.
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