Conflict Resolution in Ocean Management 4 ECTS

CMM09 Elective 4 ECTS
Period W24-W25 09.06.14 - 20.06.14
Instructor Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir
Oceans cover more than seventy percent of the surface of the Earth and contain both valuable renewable resources, such as fish and whales, and nonrenewable resources such as oil and gas. This mixture of resources and increased diversification of ocean uses is a challenge to governance. The mobility of many ocean resources and frequent lack of information about location and value of resources increases this challenge. This course will focus on the challenges of governing and sharing such vast, rich and complicated areas and the pressures on local, national, regional and international governance structures to develop policies to react to the collapse of fisheries, increased offshore oil and gas drilling and govern emerging uses such as aquaculture and off-shore wind farms.
Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand management at different levels (coastal, off-shore, high-seas)
  • Understand the trade-off between top-down and bottom-up management
  • Be able to analyze problems facing resources
  • Be able to identify how different situation 
  • Be able to understand how stock-by-stock management solves problems differently from ecosystem-based management.
Students will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Participation 10%
  • In-Class Presentation (one per student): 10% - students will work in pairs on questions
  • The final project will be a simulation exercise of the conflict over mackerel in the North Atlantic where students will represent different states in the conflict: 20%
  • Two short writing assignments (about three pages, one each week): 20% each
  • Final reflection on simulation exercise (about 4 pages): 20%
[mynd 1 h]Professor Ásgeirsdóttir is an associate professor of Politics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, as well as the chair of the department. Her previous research focused on cooperation around shared fish stocks in the North Atlantic and she is the author of Who Gets What? Domestic Influences on International Negotiations Allocating Shared Resources, published by SUNY Press in 2008. Her current research focuses on the settlement of maritime boundaries after 1960. At Bates, Professor Ásgeirsdóttir teaches courses on international cooperation, the Arctic and on ocean governance. A native of Iceland, she holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her PhD in Political Science is from Washington University in St. Louis.
Guest lecturer
Further reading

Required course textbook:

James M. Acheson: Capturing the Commons: Devising Institutions to Manage the Maine Lobster Industry. University Press of New England, 2003.

Further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.