ENP-52806 Ocean and Coastal Governance


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work5
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. HM Toonen
Lecturer(s)dr. HM Toonen
Examiner(s)dr. J van Leeuwen
dr. HM Toonen

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ENP-30306 International Environmental Policy; ENP-31806 Globalization and Sustainability of Food Production and Consumption.


Oceans, seas and coastal areas are under unprecedented pressure to produce food, energy, trade and tourism. The high cultural, social and economic value of these ecosystems means that a wide variety of actors compete for the right to access and use of a range of interdependent natural resources. The aim of this course is to introduce the challenges associated with governing the use and management of coastal and ocean areas given their social, political and ecological complexity. The course will:
- introduce the concept of governance and the key challenges of environmentally effective management of ocean and coastal resources;
- provide an overview of the key principles and institutional arrangements of ocean and coastal governance and management. These are illustrated through examples of how social-ecological dimensions of oceans, seas and coasts are governed across global, regional and local scales.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- have an understanding of the ecological, economic and social importance of oceans and coastal areas;
- have an understanding of the political challenges in governing oceans and coasts effectively;
- be able to analyse the specific characteristics of marine and coastal governance, including actors, arrangements, institutions and trends;
- be able to relate knowledge from social scientific literature with the challenge of effectively governing oceans and coasts.


- plenary lectures;
- tutorials;
- assignments(s) in working groups.


The final assessment of this course is based on one or more assignments (40%) and an individual written exam consisting of open questions (60%).


See course guide.

Restricted Optional for: WUMLRBSc Minor Marine Living Resources5AF