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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2009

REE 345 • Northern Lands and Cultures

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44765 TTh
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
WEL 3.260

Course Description

This course is designed to develop a geographical understanding of the Circumpolar region of the North, an ancient human habitat and a home to distinct, millennia old, civilizations. These indigenous Arctic cultures and livelihoods are being challenged by modern industrial powers, and the clash between two contesting civilizations is profound. Emphasis is given to a geographical perspective on the major processes that form cultural and natural landscapes, and influence society, economy, spiritual life and politics. Regions to be included: Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, the Scandinavian North, including Sapmi (Lapland), Iceland, Greenland, the Russian North, Siberia, and northern Japan.

Grading Policy

2 exams 70% (each exam worth 35 % of the course grade) Project presentation 30%


Required text: Course package, available at Paradigm, the corner of 24th & Guadalupe.


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