Course and program offerings

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Program development

The School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies Curriculum Development Committee was established in December 2020 to develop new, creative, and innovative undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programming that is Indigenous-led and Northern-focused.

Our goal is to offer rich and deep learning opportunities to facilitate knowledge promotion, protection, creation, and interpretation. These opportunities will enable learners to dream, aspire, and inspire diverse just futures, grounded in Indigenous lands and waters, cultures, practices, philosophies, life journeys, ethics, knowledges, learning pathways, responsibilities, and governances, led by Indigenous partnerships consistent with visions of self-determination.

In some areas, programming will be developed uniquely for Labrador; in other areas, programming will be jointly created with other academic units throughout Memorial University.

Programs and courses currently in development include (click to expand):

The School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies Curriculum Development Committee is working to develop programming to meet Indigenous needs and priorities around educational offerings.

Learn more about current offerings.

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 Current offerings

The School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies is collaborating with departments and faculties at Memorial University to develop and support place-based undergraduate programming that meets Indigenous needs and priorities around educational offerings.

Learn more about current offerings.


 Interdisciplinary undergraduate degree

An interdisciplinary undergraduate program, focused on Arctic and Subarctic Studies is currently in development. It will be co-designed and co-delivered in partnership with Indigenous leaders and educators, students, faculty, and curriculum specialists.

This program will be land-based, experiential, interdisciplinary, and incorporate Indigenous and Western ways of learning and knowing throughout all aspects of the degree.

With plans for block class offerings and different delivery modes, this program will provide accessible, inclusive, and diverse opportunities for learners to successfully create a rich and rigorous degree program without leaving Labrador. We also envision this program to be of strong interest to students from across Canada and internationally, including the Circumpolar North.

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The Curriculum Development Committee is also working to design graduate programming options at the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies that will support academic and professional development.

We are currently in the final stages in the creation of a Master’s and PhD offering in Arctic and Subarctic Futures.

We are also looking at diverse partnership opportunities with other graduate program offerings throughout Memorial University.

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With the exciting ten-year partnership between Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University, the Curriculum Development Committee is also looking into new and emerging opportunities to develop programs between the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and Nunavut Arctic College, linking learners from Nunavut and Labrador, together, in North-to-North programming and curriculum.

This type of shared programming would provide opportunities for responding to Northern learners’ needs and priorities, and opportunities for student exchange, virtual learning, and resource sharing.

 

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The Curriculum Development Committee is in the planning stages of developing a series of post-graduate certificates, offered via distance, synchronously, and/or in person, which focus on professional development needs in Labrador and across the North.

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Learn more about plans for SASS programming and the Labrador Campus transition and transformation process.