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article imageDog sledding course on offer at Norway university (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jan 17, 2014 in Odd News
So you want to go to university and further your education, but have no idea what career to follow. If you live in Norway, you can choose something other than the run-of-the-mill legal or the medical field.
According to the Norwegian media, starting in winter next year, the Arctic University of Norway will be offering the very first university course in dog sledding.
The 10-credit course will be a mere part of a three-year program offered by the university in what it calls “arctic outdoor recreation.” However, if you don’t have the time for the whole thing, they will be offering the dog sledding portion as a stand-alone course.
What does the dog sledding course offer, you wonder. Well, according to the university’s website, it will cover the "historical, sociological and psychological perspectives of dog sledding." You will also receive hands-on training in the practical skills, including mushing techniques and dog hitching systems.
Where can you find this course? Apparently the training will be offered in the university’s campus in Alta, which is the most northerly city in the world.
Rune Waaler is the associate professor currently developing the program and he told the Norwegian media: "We want to strengthen dog sledding as a part of our educational program, because we want to reflect our regional and national character.”
“And if you’re going to have dog sledding as a subject, it is clear that Alta is the place to do it," he added.
The hands-on portion of the course lasts two weeks and culminates in all students taking part in an annual dog-sled race in Alta, called the Finnmarksløpet, which sounds a lot of fun. You can view last year's even at the end of this article.
The dog-sled race is organized by Svanhild Pedersen, who praised the “innovative approach” of the university in offering the course.
She said in a press statement: “It’s awesome, it really supports this sport. It helps to raise the status of dog sledding as a sport, but also as a type of outdoor activity.”
As for grading, students graded on the basis of one paper and one oral exam, and by the sound of it, loads of fun activities.
So who’s up for it? If this sounds of interest, you could contact the Arctic University of Norway via their website.
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