Environmental studies address environmental issues as interaction between man and nature, and this is done from the viewpoint of several subjects. The studies focus on environmental issues from the viewpoints of ecology, philosophy, tourism, law, sociology, arts, and economics. Special emphasis is placed on Northern environmental issues and on the social dimensions of environmental issues. Students learn to understand and deal with global and local environmental issues, their causes, and their consequences.
Environmental studies are a proper minor subject for students of tourism research, sociology, and political sciences, but it can also be studied by those interested in environmental protection and Northern politics.
At the University of Lapland, environmental studies can be studied as basic studies (25 cr.) and subject studies (35 cr.), amounting to a total of 60 credits. The courses and their descriptions can be found at WebOodi. Some of the teaching is done in cooperation with the Arctic Centre.