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Course Overview

The blue economy is the exploitation and preservation/ conservation of the marine environment. This course will explore what is meant by the Blue Economy in an international context and how it relates to the marine environment and natural resources. It will consider how the Blue Economy has been defined and what it might mean in the future. Discussions on the international, EU and national legal regimes will be supported by an ecological and  a social deliberative strand. The course benefits from international guest lectures and culminates in a workshop where students will simulate blue economy decision making adopting an ecosystem approach to a real-life scenario, implementing legal requirements and policy context.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Ms Anne-michelle Slater

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Week 1 Introduction to the Blue Economy

Week 2 International Legal and Policy Framework

Week 3 Ecology and scientific context (SBS)

Week 4 First essay (1000 words) 10%  and Local field trip and /or guest lecture

Week 5 EU legal and policy framework

Week 6 Social Deliberative context (SGS)

Week 7 UK:  law policy and examples

Week 8 Scotland: law, policy and example

Week 9 : Second essay (2500 words) 25 %

Week 10: Student presentations:  25 % and formative feedback for essays

Week 11Workshop: half day

Week 12 Third essay 4000 words 40%

No examination

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Discussion Board (10%)

Presentation (25%)

1x essay of 1500 words (25%)

1x essay of 2500 words (40%)


Resit: 2x 3000 words essay


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandKnowledge of the concept and interpretation of the blue economy in terms of exploitation and preservation of the marine environment; and the international EU, UK (including devolved) regulatory
ConceptualAnalyseDemonstrate the reasoning, research and communication skills to investigate, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, and critique relevant practices and information.
ProceduralUnderstandDemonstrate an understanding of different and intersecting regulatory approaches to the issues relevant to the Blue Economy.
ReflectionEvaluateDemonstrate research, analytical and evaluative skills by obtaining and utilising appropriate research materials on the regulation of the Blue Economy and associated socio-legal issues
ReflectionCreateParticipate in an ecosystem mapping exercise to explore collaborative decision making and trade-offs in exploitation and preservation in the marine environment

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