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New master program and courses

                                                                  Photo: Johan Wingborg

For students of all disciplines interested in how the human society is linked to the marine environment and ecosystem, the University of Gothenburg will offer a new interdisciplinary, 2-year master program about the sea and society in the fall of 2019.

The world's oceans are under increasing pressure from human activities such as fishing, coastal development and pollution, and marine resources are being deteriorated at an increasing rate, resulting in conflicts and loss of biodiversity. To understand and manage the complexity of these issues, integrated knowledge from several different disciplines are needed, including history, social sciences, economy, law and natural sciences.

Master in Sea and Society

In 2019, the University of Gothenburg launches a new international, interdisciplinary master program (Master in Sea and Society) to educate a new generation of students and professionals with a uniquely broad training for a career in marine/maritime authorities, industry, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences.

Tools to meet challenges

The programme aims to give a comprehensive analyses of the interactions between the marine ecosystem and socioeconomic systems of human society over time and into the future. It will further provide students with an understanding of the complexity of many of the problems that currently challenges a sustainable development of humans' use of the sea, and new tools to meet this challenge.

To reach this aim, the programme has a strong multidisciplinary profile with teachers from 5 different faculties that integrates different disciplines in all the four mandatory courses of the first year of studies. The programme also has an extensive network with professionals in marine/maritime industry and national and regional marine authorities, agencies and institutes that will be used in the course as external lectures and for internships and thesis projects.

Read more about the programme 

Individual courses 

Two of the courses will be given as an individual courses in November 2018 and in January 2019, respectively, and it is still possible to apply:

Bluegreen economy and sustainable use of marine resources

7 November 2018 - 20 January 2019

Bluegreen economy and sustainable use of marine resources (MAR462, 15 credits) aims to give a broad understanding of the critical balance between marine and maritime economy and use, on the one hand, and ecosystem sustainability on the other hand. The course also provides an introduction to how marine and maritime resources are owned and regulated at national, regional and global level. It discusses social, economic and ecological sustainability regarding several human uses of the sea, including off-shore industry and shipping, fisheries, marine aquaculture, and marine tourism. It will also teach how to value marine ecosystem services, and how ecological compensation can be used to prevent net losses of biodiversity.

The course consists of lectures given by university teachers from different disciplines and by external teachers from national authorities, regulatory bodies and marine/maritime industry. Group discussions and short written reports of well-defined tasks are complements. A three weeks long individual project on a topic related to the course theme constitutes an important part of the course.

It is still possible to apply for MAR462. Read more

European marine directives and policies 

21 January to 26 March, 2019

European marine directives and policies – an interdisciplinary perspective (MAR460, 15 credits) aims to give an overview of the contents and requirement of EU marine environmental directives and policies, from legal, social and environmental perspectives.

The course will go through how the status of the marine environment is monitored and evaluated according to the directives, discuss how they affect different sectors of society, and evaluate how well the directives reach the goals of a sustainable used of marine resources. Directives and policies covered includes the EU Habitats Directive (HD), the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSPD), the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The Course consist of lectures, exercises and discussions, and individual and group reports.

The first six weeks of the course consists of lectures given by university teachers from different disciplines and by invited representatives for marine/maritime authorities and agencies. Group discussions and short written reports of well-defined tasks are complements. The last three weeks consist of individual project work on a topic related to the course themes which result in an oral presentation and a written report.

Application for MAR460 is open Sept 17 to Oct 15. Read more

(OBS! late application is open until the first week of January, 2019)




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Application for the new master's programme in Sea and Society is now open. Read more here

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