Scholarship-to-policy in the Arctic Minor
A key mandate for the International Policy Institute (IPI) is to generate more opportunities for students to engage in policy-relevant scholarship. One way we are working to institutionalize this goal is to grow our faculty’s ability to collaborate with IPI by introducing policy training and publishing opportunities for students in the Arctic minor courses. The Arctic minor, a joint offering with the School of Oceanography, is the first of its kind in the contiguous states training our young people to understand the complexities of this critical region of the world and its peoples. “Scholarship-to-policy in the Arctic minor” advances the education of the next generation of public intellectuals who need to possess knowledge and skills to effectively bridge the gap between academia and the policy world.
This course introduced an interdisciplinary group of students, from majors all around University of Washington, to international relations in the Arctic. The Arctic provides an important case study for understanding international relations more broadly, both because of the complexity of geopolitical issues and because of the strong international presence of Indigenous peoples.
Climate Change, An International Perspecitve; Science, Art, and Activism (ARCTIC 391) – Winter Quarter 2019
Students from across the University of Washington with interests in the Arctic and international studies collaborated to evaluate the scientific, geographic, and social context necessary for mitigating the ecological and human impacts of global climate change.
Fourteen undergraduate students, led by Dr. Michelle Koutnik and graduate student John Christian from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), as well as co-instructor Dr. Hans Christian Steen-Larsen from University of Norway, traveled far and learned widely on an Exploration Seminar to Greenland and Denmark.