Through the lens of the rapidly changing Arctic region, this course will give students experience in developing policy and social innovations to address complex policy challenges at the intersection of environment and human well-being. It will educate students about the unique issues people and governments in the Arctic region face, and teach them how to communicate effectively orally and in writing to a global audience about these topics. The Arctic as a whole has been experiencing climate change at a pace more than twice the global average, with multiple local, regional, and global implications in the environmental, economic, security, and human rights domains. Over the course of the module, students will work on a selected policy challenge and develop their own contribution to addressing it. The course includes a field study to Iceland and Greenland which takes place in May, right after final exams and before commencement week. Enrolled HKS students will receive partial financial support to participate.
While the course has an Arctic focus, the tools employed and the experience of engaging with senior policy-makers will build skills relevant to addressing sustainability challenges globally.