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The Sea and Society Relationship: Historical Perspectives, Present Status and Future Challenges

Semester 3

The aim of the course to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of how the relationship between the sea and the human society has developed from prehistorical times and up to today, and a perspective on environmental and social impacts and conflicts associated with different uses of the sea and its resources. The course will describe and discuss basic issues like the tragedy of the commons and problems related to collective actions and various governance systems. It will cover different perspectives, such as, western and non-western, global and local, industrial and artisan. The first six weeks of the course consists of lectures given by university teachers from different disciplines. Group discussions and short written reports are complements. The last three weeks consist of group project work on a topic related to the course themes which result in an oral presentation.