Sea and Society (Master)

Gothenburg, Sweden
Training Provider(s): 
University of Gothenburg

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.

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Individual courses 

All four obligatory courses during the first year of the program are also available as individual courses. One of the courses, European marine directives and policies – an interdisciplinary perspective, will be given as an individual course already in January 2019, and it is still possible to apply. The remaining courses will be available from the fall of 2019 according to the program schedule.

European marine directives and policies – an interdisciplinary perspective

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.