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Learning Opportunity: Polar Law., M.A.

Polar Law., M.A.

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Knowledge, skills and competences
Upon conclusion of the program, the student can demonstrate knowledge, skills and competences as stated below:

Knowledge and Understanding:

On completion of the M.A. in Polar Law, the student shall:

  • Be able to explain the legal frameworks and other standard-setting and norm-enforcing systems, and the major legal, political, sociological, anthropological, economic, and other issues that pertain to the Polar regions, with particular emphasis on habitation, the environment, climate change, living or social conditions and other developments in the Polar regions.
  • Be able to describe the interests and concerns of the peoples who live or otherwise secure their livelihood in the Polar regions, expressing sensitivity to the different interests of different groups, in particular, cultural, historical, economic and environmental interests.
  • Be able to explain and critically assess and compare the responses of governments and international organisations to disputes and tensions pertaining to the different interests in the Polar regions, with particular regard to human rights, governance, self-determination, the environment, law of the sea, security, and dispute settlement.
  • Be able to explain contemporary issues in Polar law both theoretically and practically, taking into account the most recent developments in law and the most recent academic literature.
  • Display sound knowledge and a critical theoretical attitude to the subject of his or her M.A. thesis, reflecting the most recent academic literature on the subject.


On completion of the M.A. in Polar Law, the student shall:

  • Be able to make autonomous assessments of research questions, autonomously select suitable research methods, and present findings of research outcomes in intellectual fields related to Polar law.
  • Be able to maintain his or her knowledge of Polar law, acquire further knowledge and ensure that his or her knowledge is kept up to date (for example, by finding and using legal sources and relevant academic writings).
  • Be able to apply social and ethical considerations to academic and professional activities pertaining to the Polar regions.
  • Be able to identify and assess theoretical, practical, legal and social issues pertaining to the Polar regions.
  • Be able to critically evaluate legal frameworks, normative systems and other processes (both real and hypothetical) pertaining to the Polar regions.
  • Be able to independently formulate, develop and complete projects in Polar Law and related fields and put them in context.
  • Be able to find, interpret and apply the sources of law and other normative frameworks relevant to the Polar regions, such as public international law, the law of the sea, environmental law, climate change, human rights, good governance and dispute settlement as well as economics, international relations, security and anthropology.
  • Be able to utilise his or her research skills, knowledge and understanding to tackle new and unfamiliar legal issues and situations pertaining to the Polar regions.
  • Be able to recognise innovation and developments in Polar law, identify novel legal, social, political and other issues, and assess significant changes of direction in legal, social and political norms and policies.


On completion of the M.A. in Polar Law, the student shall:

  • Be able to work in groups, deciding how to allocate research tasks, agreeing on outcomes and preparing arguments to support group findings.
  • Be able to communicate both orally and in writing, clearly and unambiguously in English, theoretical and practical information on Polar law and related fields to specialist and non-specialist audiences, individually or in cooperation with others.
  • Have the necessary learning and research skills, work methods and autonomy to undertake further study at cycle 3, level 5 (doctorate degree) in Polar studies and related fields.
  • Be prepared for graduate employment in fields related to Polar Law.

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