University of Washington

ARCTIC 400 - Integrated Science and Policy in the Arctic 

3 credits | Fridays 1:30-4:20 | THO 335 | SNL 20404
Instructors: Vince Gallucci and Don Hellmann

This course covers evolving issues in Arctic and world politics as climate changes in the Arctic system. The course begins with a review of climate and ice change with an overview of likely consequences of increased access to underwater resources and to new transportation resources. The shared governance by the Arctic Council, the Law of the Sea, and the legal regimes of the five extended national jurisdictions in the Arctic Ocean are considered.

The Arctic Ocean is examined as a geographic region containing indigenous populations’ regions, as well the EEZs of the five nation states, all of whom participate in the Arctic Council, with a large open access region in the center, belonging to no nation. A complex web of interactions and jurisdictions affect exploitation for non-renewable resources, the harvest and conservation of renewable resources, the potential for shipping between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the emerging status of the indigenous groups’ rights to self-determination, and the recent admittance of the non-Arctic, Asian countries to the Arctic Council. NE Asia (containing the Russian Far East) as a future principle access or pathway to the Arctic Ocean, and thus Europe, is explored.

Students will be active participants in the class with essays and presentations. The students in the Arctic Research Fellows project will present progress on their own projects. Invited speakers will cover selected topics.


Student Links

Electronic Course Reserves
UW Libraries Subject Guide: Arctic Northern Studies
UW Libraries Arctic Studies DVD Collection
Arctic Indigenous Organizations Websites


Vincent Gallucci, Chair/Director, Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Director, Center for Quantitative Sciences, College of the Environment; Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Russia, East European and Central Asian Studies and the School for Environmental and Marine Affairs
Vince's research focus is the geopolitical dimensions of Arctic development as viewed from international actors' impact on the Arctic Council and related issues. He is also deeply involved with Arctic and sub-Arctic marine fisheries management and policy as well as endangered species protection. He has experience in Russia and published in the Russian Fisheries Science literature. He will help develop the scientific / political aspects of the Russian Federation's perspective in the Arctic debate. He has taught with a colleague a course on marine policy for over ten years. He serves on a Arctic Biodiversity Assessment team appointed by the Arctic Council helping represent diversity in both Arctic ecosystems and marine fishes. This will help establish a baseline for change that may occur due to global climatic or anthropomorphic factors.

Don Hellmann, Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Don's research interests include Japanese political economy, international institutions, Pacific Rim relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Don also wrote a paper with Vincent Gallucci and Nadine Fabbi which focuses on the geopolitics of the Arctic Ocean and how it will determine the extent that the Arctic Ocean's alleged bounty of natural resources is utilized and in turn the fate of the peoples of the North and their environment. This paper reviews the role of the Arctic Council and some of its limitations.

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