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Interdisciplinary master courses

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For you interested in how the human society is linked to the marine environment and ecosystem, the University of Gothenburg offer two new interdisciplinary master courses about the sea and society (fall 2018).

The University of Gothenburg is Sweden's most complete environment for marine and maritime research and education. Located along the Swedish west coast, the university has close collaboration with several national marine and maritime industries, authorities and regulatory bodies such as the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.

In 2019, the University of Gothenburg will start a new international, interdisciplinary master program (Master in Sea and Society) for students that want a broad marine education as training for a career in marine/maritime industry, marine authorities, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences.

The two first courses of the program are now available as individual courses for the fall semester of 2018.

The sea and society relationship

The sea and society relationship; historical perspectives, present status and future challenges (MAR461, 15 credits) aims to provide a basic understanding of how the relationship between the sea and the human society has changed from prehistorical times up to today, and discuss challenges for the future. It includes an analysis of the emotional and philosophical relationships between man and the sea in different human cultures, a historic and legal perspective of the human use of the sea, and the role of media in affecting environmental awareness. It will also focus on the conflicts associated with the over-use of the sea and discuss concepts such as shifting baselines and tragedy of the commons.

Bluegreen economy and sustainable use of marine resources

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.

Both courses consist 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 two to three weeks long individual project on a topic related to the course themes constitutes an important part of each course.


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The courses may be taken as elective courses within a wide range of master programs in the fields of Science, Law, Economy, and Social Science. Read more here and here

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