ENP-52806 Ocean and Coastal Governance


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion10
Problem-based learning10
Course coordinator(s)dr. J van Leeuwen
Lecturer(s)dr. J van Leeuwen
Examiner(s)dr. J van Leeuwen

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ENP-30306; ENP-31806


Oceans, seas and coastal areas are under unprecedented pressure to produce food, energy, trade and tourism. The high cultural, social and monetary value of these ecosystems means that a wide variety of actors compete for the right to access and use 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:
1. introduce the concept of governance and the key challenges of environmentally effective management of ocean and coastal resources;
2. 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:

On completion of the course students will:
- have an understanding of the main functions, economic activities and conflicts of interest related to sustainable marine governance;
- be capable to position these functions, activities and conflicts of interest in their historic and geographical contexts;
- know the specific characteristics of marine and coastal governance, including actors, arrangements, institutions and trends;
- be able to analyse and report on a specific case of coastal and marine governance and management.


Plenary lectures, assignments in working groups, excursion.


Written exam; assignments.


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Restricted Optional for: WUMLRBSc Minor Marine Living Resources5AF