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Course Overview

Working in interdisciplinary teams, you will investigate an array of real-world problems arising from past, present and future relationships between society and the ocean. Field trips and lectures introduce you to the complex interactions between society and the oceans’ ecology, seafaring and colonisation, resource exploration and ocean governance, while also demonstrating different approaches to knowledge and how different disciplines work. Supervised workshops give the opportunity to interact with others from a wide range of backgrounds and provide a diverse set of learning experiences with feedback from teaching staff and your peers. Choice of the form of presentation of your project work gives you an opportunity to play to your strengths and develop transferable skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
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  • Dr Philip Smith

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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

Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the relevance of the Oceans for Society past and present through study of three themes: Ocean ecology and harvesting of marine resources; seafaring, contact and colonisation (including technological and societal requirements for as well as political, economic, cultural and legislative impacts of trade and colonisation) and ocean governance (legal challenges of sustainable management, marine spatial planning etc). The project work and writing tasks will allow you to gain important transferable skills such as communicating complex ideas to non-specialist, problem-solving, team work, leadership and presentation skills, as well as writing concisely and clearly for a non-specialist audience. Freedom of choice in the format of your project work will allow you to test novel formats,  or play to your strengths.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 14, 16
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 10, 12, 13, 15 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Group projects (75%)

Individual abstracts (25%)


Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Students will repeat whichever elements of the assessment were failed or not completed at first sitting; the marks for elements already passed will be carried forwards.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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