Legal clinic: Arctic Studies

A.Y. 2020/2021
3
Max ECTS
21
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/02
Language
English
Learning objectives
This course, unique in Italy as well as in Southern Europe, is at the same time an introduction to the most significant contemporary and recent legal, economic and political issues of the Circumpolar Arctic region. The aim of the course is to provide stud
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, the student will have acquired a broad interdisciplinary background in the Arctic region, an understanding of the main issues of politics, geopolitics, law, and the contemporary global Arctic economy. By the end of the course, st
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
TEACHING METHODS

In the first semester, classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable.
Live-streamed classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.
Students will be informed as soon as possible, through the course ARIEL website, in case they will be able also to attend in person the classes at University. This possibility will depend upon the evolution of the emergency and the respect of the security directives. In any case the classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.
The course will alternate and combine lectures and seminar teaching. Classes may require prior readings and include pre-recorded components.

SYLLABUS
The course program is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes will adapt to the teaching methods outlined above.

TEACHING RESOURCES
Reference materials for each lesson will be uploaded to the Ariel course website.

ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA

The course will involve lectures, the participation of experts, class discussions, group work. All students are strongly encouraged to actively participate during class discussions and activities.
Students are required to prepare in advance for each lesson by studying the material indicated in the Syllabus (on the Ariel platform).
The examination will take place in the scheduled sessions. Students will have the opportunity to voluntarily prepare an oral presentation (individually or in a group, after submitting the topic for approval) and present it in class (using PowerPoint). Students will be assessed on their ability to examine their specific topic, draw logical conclusions and on their ability to engage in reflexive and independent thinking.
Instead of a classroom presentation, each student is required to write a research essay of no more than 3000 words (about 12 double-spaced pages, plus references) on specific topics related to the course material. Detailed instructions will be provided in class.
There will be also the possibility to conclude the course with a written exam (in which questions to the student are given in written form) during the regular exam sessions. The student must answer the questions in such a way to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the subject to pass the exam.
Students will also be assessed on their contributions to in-class discussions. The final grade will be for each kind of exam: "Approved" (A) / "Not approved" (NA).
Course syllabus
After a brief introduction, the course will explore the current international orientations of Arctic research, with particular attention to Critical Arctic Studies. The course will focus on the problem underlying the contemporary problems of the circumpolar region, i.e. climate change, which is occurring twice as fast in the Arctic as the rest of the planet. The course will address issues related to the legal regime of the Arctic Ocean, the continental shelf extension, natural resources and development Arctic political, legal and economic governance, the scramble for the Arctic, International Relations in the Arctic and the Arctic as a region of cooperation or conflict. A large part of the course will be dedicated to the emerging issue of new sea routes in the Arctic Ocean, the renewed militarization of the Arctic, how the Arctic Ocean can transform international trade, the problems that may arise from the implementation of hydrocarbon extraction projects, China's expanding Arctic interests and sustainable development and the problem of how to maintain Arctic cooperation with Russia. Finally, attention will be paid to the role of international cooperation institutions in the region (not only the role of the Arctic Council), the participation of states and non-state actors in the Arctic environmental governance and the problems of indigenous peoples, their self-government, especially in the field of Arctic environment preservation.
Prerequisites for admission
Prerequisites to attending the Course are a good knowledge of Arctic Geography, Law of the Sea and the problems of contemporary international relations connected to the Arctic.
Teaching methods
The course will involve face-to-face lectures, constant interaction with the students attending, the participation of experts, class discussions, group work. All students are strongly encouraged to actively participate during class discussions and activities. To enhance students' international opportunities in this field of research, this course has widespread connections with a range of organizations and continues to increase scientific international relations around the globe.
Teaching Resources
The reference material of the Course is entirely provided on the Ariel platform, on which are available both the articles indicated to the students as reading (compulsory and recommended) which must be done before each lesson, and the books necessary to take the final exam. Further material will be indicated during the Course.
One of the most important reference books, which must be read in the parts indicated in the Syllabus for every single lesson, is:

FONDAHL G., WILSON G. N., (eds) Northern Sustainabilities: Understanding and Addressing Change in the Circumpolar North, Springer Polar Sciences, Springer International Publishing, Cham (Switzerland), 2017

Since attendance of the course is compulsory, there is no program for non-attending students.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will take place in the scheduled sessions. Students are required to prepare in advance for each lesson by studying the material indicated in the Syllabus (on the Ariel platform). They will have the opportunity to voluntarily prepare an oral presentation (individually or in groups, after presenting the topics for approval) and present it in class (using PowerPoint). Students will be assessed on their ability to examine their specific topic, to draw logical conclusions and their ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Instead of a classroom presentation, each student will have the opportunity to write a research essay of no more than 3000 words (about 12 pages with double spacing, plus references) on specific topics related to the course material. Detailed instructions will be provided in class. There will also be the possibility to conclude the course with a written exam (where questions to the student are given in written form) during normal exam sessions. The student must answer the questions in such a way as to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the subject to pass the exam. Students will also be assessed on their contributions to class discussions. The final grade will be for each type of exam: "Approved" (A) / "Not Approved" (NA)
M-GGR/02 - ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 21 hours
Professor: Vitale Alessandro