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mar475 - Ocean Governance and Policy (Course overview)
Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment 6 KP
Module components Semester courses Wintersemester 2021/2022 Examination
Notes for the module
Capacity / number of participants 20
Time of examination
Termin wird zu Beginn der Veranstaltung bekannt gegeben.
Module examination

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.

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.