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Autumn 2019 Course: Indigenous Diplomacies & International Relations in the Arctic

December 19, 2019

This course introduces students to international relations in the Arctic, with an emphasis on understanding them from the perspective of the region’s indigenous peoples. In this course you will:

• Study dramatic environmental, economic, and social transformations in the Arctic
• Learn about emerging geopolitical issues
• Explore indigenous perspectives on international relations in the Arctic
• Challenge yourself to understand international frameworks through the lens of indigenous knowledge systems


Instructor Jason Young studies the political implications of the use of digital technologies by Inuit, Canadian citizens, scientists, and policymakers to discuss and implement environmental management strategies in response to climate change in the Arctic. He has also spent time studying Inuktitut in Igloolik, Canada.

This course counts towards the Arctic Studies minor.

For more information contact Jason Young: youngjc2@uw.edu