Navigation, Safety, Offshore and Shipping

CMM11C Elective Course 4 ECTS
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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.

The objective is not to become an expert in each of these subjects, but to be aware of them as they may impact your marine resource management career. By the end of this course you will be able to carry an intelligent conversation about any of these topics, and know where to go for additional technical information. You will understand management issues and future trends. The lectures provide an overview of the subject. Guest lecturers and videos provide specific case studies. And class discussions allow you to explore the subject in detail. I will lead the discussion using the required reading as the central reference, and you will argue solutions or interdisciplinary challenges.

Learning outcomes

The course will take a case study approach for each industry sector, with emphasis on impacts to the Arctic where applicable. 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).