Shipping and Offshore in the Arctic

CMM11 Elective course 4 ECTS
Period W3 - W4 12.01.15 - 23.01.15
Instructor Michael Honeth


The course aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of marine non-living resources and utilities, their historical and future significance, and environmental impacts. Although harvesting of living marine resources has dominated maritime economy since the dawn of time, human enterprise has continuously expanded its dominion over non-living marine resources and utilities. From transportation of goods and people, tourism and mining, to communications, waste disposal and defense, the ocean provides a natural extension to economic activities on land. And with projected trends in global warming, nations are once again competing to extend their control over newly accessible Arctic resources.

Learning outcomes

The course will take a case study approach for each industry sector, with emphasis on impacts to the Arctic. Sessions will include a combination of documentary videos, guest lecturers, and expert podcasts, followed by class discussions to build critical thinking skills.

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the complex relationships between different stakeholders as well as various activities within maritime industries, to gain adequate knowledge of contesting interests in the high seas (connects with classes on Law of the Sea, Pollution, Conflict Resolution);
  • Students will be able to connect knowledge gained from other classes to make informed decisions on real-life problems in marine management (connects with classes on Leadership and Management, Spatial Planning);
  • Students will be able to research, develop and present a policy paper proposing a solution or an improvement to existing issues (connects with classes on Innovation and Sustainability, Adaptation).




Michael Honeth works as a consultant on coastal and marine environment issues. He most recently worked in Belize on coral reef health studies with Blue Ventures, WWF and the Department of Fisheries, but has also worked as Coastal Adviser in the Marshall Islands, and on environmental issues amongst the aboriginal population in Canada. Michael holds a Masters degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University, Canada.

Guest lecturer

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.