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Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32

Course Overview

This core, ‘capstone’ course is designed to develop further students’ critical understanding of the contemporary intellectual and real-world contexts in which MCRM operates.  The course involves the preparation of seminar presentations and short papers on a selection of the most important coastal and marine issues facing society around the world.   This work should showcase new philosophies and methodologies, and/or the relationships between MCRM and other academic disciplines; and/or applications of MCRM to real-world problems.  Students also consider how they can best make use of their degree after graduation, with preparation of a reflective, career-planning report.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nicholas Spedding

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

A selection of the most important past, present and future coastal and marine issues facing society around the world will be explored by staff and students. Some typical examples might be: the impact of sea level rise and climate change on coastal communities around the world; coastal disasters such as hurricanes and tsunami on coastal settlements eg, New Orleans, Indonesia; current technologies for monitoring, mapping and modelling the marine and coastal environment; renewable energies such as wind and wave power and their impact on the environment; the environmental impact of offshore gas and oil exploration activities and the development of future unmanned platforms; tools for the effective management of the coast eg, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP); implementing European legislation eg, the Water Framework Directive; the role of coastal fora in management of the UK coast; capacity building in ICZM; the sustainable coast; the role of European funding projects in the future of coastal management; implementing a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for data collection and sharing; linking science and policy, etc.

Further Information & Notes

To develop a wider knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for past, present, and future issues that face coastal communities around the world.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: 3 short essays/reports (60%) and 1 seminar presentation (40%).

Resit: No resit possible.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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