The study is exploring how cooperation in the border zones may produce tools for solving conflicts both locally and on the global scene. Half of the study duration will take place in Kirkenes, Norway and the other half in Nikel and Murmansk in Russia.
The joint Master Degree in Borderogology is organized by Murmansk State Humanities University and the University of Nordland. Students can join the part-time courses, spread over eight half-year semesters, in total four years. A completed degree gives 120 study points (ects).
Students will explore how cooperation in an actual border zone may function as a bridge over traditional cultural and environmental differences. Required reading will be based on 50 percent Russian and 50 percent Western European thinking, and the study language will be English, reads the announcement posted at the portal of the University of Nordland.
The border area between Norway and Russia in the north became the first area between a Schengen member state and Russia where local inhabitants living in less than 30 kilometers from the border can travel without visa.
This new study starting next year will facilitate the cultural contact between Western Europe and Russia by ”measuring Kant against Dostojevskij” that is by picturing the relation of Russia and Western Europe in philosophy not only in literature, and is built up around 12 modules in philosophy of science, ethics, history and philosophy to strengthen international leadership and communication concerning global challenges in economy and the threat against the environment.
The program is based on the ideas established in the Bologna declaration.
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