Thursday 26. March 2020

Blue Economy course and two more new courses offered soon

Earlier this winter the University Centre was visited by Patrick Heidtkamp, Professor at Southern Connecticut State University and an expert on Geography and Marine Sciences. Together with the program director of Coastal Communities and Regional Development, Matthias Kokorsch he set up a brand-new course for the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program called The Blue Economy and Coastal Communities. This new course will be taught this autumn and is a part of the CRD core courses.

This new Blue Economy course is a highly topical course touching upon holistic approaches to sustainability and resilience and introduces best practice examples from innovative ocean-based industries. It includes all kinds of economic sectors that deal with coastal communities and regional development, such as aquaculture, marine biotechnology, energy, trade, tourism, construction, and marine services. In this course we shift the attention from traditional economic analysis to alternative economic models and measures.

This course is one out of three new courses offered to our students next academic year. The other two courses are equally exciting and innovative.

In spring 2021 the elective course “Coping with Disasters” will be on offer for the first time. The course introduces factors that influence a society’s resilience which the ability to recover and bounce back after a disastrous event. It bridges disciplines to provide a multifaceted understanding of societal ability to withstand a crisis, on the individual, community, infrastructural and institutional level.

The third new course is called “Sustainable Waste Management in Coastal Communities” and will be on offer during the summer term 2021. Sustainable waste management is challenging in a coastal and marine environment, especially in connection with extreme climate conditions. Issues like small-scale recycling and recovery, waste transport, marine and coastal pollution through intended and unintended waste dumping, interaction with wildlife, impact of ship cruise tourism are thus part of this course. A special focus of the course will be laid on waste prevention in general and food waste prevention specifically.

Like all our courses these new courses are open to participants from other universities and the world of work. They are taught in modules in the autumn, spring and summer semesters. All teaching takes place in English, as the student group is usually international, and teachers come from all over the world. The courses are suitable for employee development/training; they are multidisciplinary and therefore suitable for individuals with varying backgrounds career paths.

Matthias Kokorsch and Patrick Heidtkamp developed a new course on the Blue Economy that will be on offer next academic year.
Matthias Kokorsch and Patrick Heidtkamp developed a new course on the Blue Economy that will be on offer next academic year.