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mar475 - Ocean Governance and Policy (Complete module description)
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Module label Ocean Governance and Policy
Modulkürzel mar475
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h

Präsenzzeit: 56 Stunden, Selbststudium: 124 Stunden

Institute directory Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Marine Environmental Sciences (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Turner (Peters), Kimberley (Module responsibility)
Turner, Jennifer (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module

Our world is facing unprecedented change. The task of science helps us understand - to map, measure, model, predict and forecast - such change. Yet governance and policy is vital to ensure that scientific knowledge translates into societal and political action to mitigate the harmful impact of change on the environment. The marine environment is a particularly difficult place to enact governance and policy given its liquid, three-dimensional form and its variable legal status, where parts of the seas and oceans are state territory, and other parts are not. This module provides a necessary bridge for students seeking to understand how science informs governance and policy, and well as providing a working knowledge of the history of ocean governance, typical approaches, and contemporary challenges. The module consists of lectures charting a context to ocean governance and biodiversity governance; the territorialising spatial logics of governance; the ways science translates to governance and policy; and the problems of democratic stakeholder engagement and enforcement regimes. Each lecture is supported by a practical session (for example, providing skills in writing a policy brief, or techniques for improving stakeholder engagement). The module is assessed with a portfolio allowing students to develop skills for future career development in the marine environmental sciences.

Module contents

Lecture and Seminar will run in parallel, the lecture providing the basis on each of the parts, and the seminar deepening these through workshops.

VL and SE courses will be split into 6 sections focused on: 1) Setting the scene asking, what is governance, what is policy and providing a history of ocean governance and policies and of governance and policy for marine biodiversity;

2) Sovereignty and Territory, exploring the the zoning the ocean for state control and the ensuing geopolitics of territorial enclosure;

3) Science and policy, investigating the politics of data driven marine plans, policy and governance;

4) Stakeholders and participation, considering who is (and isn’t) involved in ocean governance decisions and how we can practically make governance more equitable;

5) Static and sedentary governance, which opens up discussion to alternative modes of governing aside from fixed, territorial zones to flexible, real-time governance;

6) Sanctions and Enforcement to look at how governance falls short and fails through monitoring, surveillance and policing.


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Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity 20
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method VL Ocean Governance and Policy (2 SWS, 3 KP)
SE Current issues in marine Governance (2 SWS, 3 KP)
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
Termin wird zu Beginn der Veranstaltung bekannt gegeben.

1 benotete Prüfungsleistung

1 Hausarbeit

Hausarbeit - 3,000 words consisting of 3x 1000 word assignments (not including references). Word count can be a maximum +10% above.

  1. Critical reflection on contemporary ocean governance issue: Choosing a recent news item about ocean governance (fisheries, plastic pollution, DSM) reflect on how the history and current landscape of ocean governance enables or hinders action (and from whom). (1000 words)
  2. Policy brief: reflecting on your current research or current research in ICBM write a policy brief to the UN Oceans Council informing them of the questions, methods and results of research demonstrating how and why it matters for ocean governance. (1000 words)
  3. Stakeholders involvement plan for research grant: drawing on one of the scenarios provided, write a staged plan for how you would integrate stakeholders into your research. Plans should be supported and evidenced with academic literature to demonstrate your understanding of modes of, and the rationales for, stakeholder engagement. (1000 words)

Aktive Teilnahme
Aktive Teilnahme umfasst z.B. die regelmäßige Abgabe von Übungen, Anfertigung von Lösungen zu Übungsaufgaben, die Protokollierung der jeweils durchgeführten Versuche bzw. der praktischen Arbeiten, die Diskussion von Seminarbeiträgen oder Darstellungen von Aufgaben bzw. Inhalten in der Lehrveranstaltung in Form von Kurzberichten oder Kurzreferat. Die Festlegung hierzu erfolgt durch den Lehrenden zu Beginn des Semesters bzw. zu Beginn der Veranstaltung.