MST8024 : Marine Governance and Society (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of the module is to introduce attendees to contemporary approaches to marine governance – how decisions are made about marine resource user activities including. Case studies from around the world will demonstrate the importance of multiple level (individual, local, national and international) actors and players involved in managing different marine ecosystems and sectors to achieve sustainable development objectives.

The relationship between good governance and effective management will be analysed from first principles to allow students to get to grips with the theoretical background underpinning different approaches to governance. This knowledge will be combined with an explanation of why empirical scientific evidence such as the influence of socio-economic drivers on individuals’ behaviour and interactions with the sea is useful in designing context-specific marine management more likely to be supported by those impacted.

Practical exercises and fieldwork will provide students with an opportunity to prepare, plan and scope different survey techniques to gain experience in collecting qualitative data to build a strategic management plan.

Outline Of Syllabus

This intensive module is composed of lectures, seminars, practical classes, interactive sessions, surveys and fieldwork. Teaching material used is based on current or recent research and consultancy work. In addition to two intensively taught weeks, there are assignments and additional reading, which may spread over up to 6 weeks. 1- Introduction to marine environmental governance theories and contemporary examples of governance research conducted worldwide. Lectures and seminars are carefully designed to help with familiarisation with language used in the field of marine governance and policy development including explanation of key terms, definitions, concepts, principles, theory and practice. 2- An in-depth case study explores MSP in the UK with Prof Howell (ex-MMO). 3- Formal governance introduction - the role of law in marine resource management with Prof Ong. 4- Seminars on social science survey design and data collection techniques, designed to support both research in the module subject area and one of the module assignments. 5- Tees Case Study (assessed) introduction, survey aims, design and questionnaire development in teams. Fieldwork incl. conducting interviews with key informants. Preliminary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data needed to complete module assessment. Checklist and de-brief about intended learning outcomes of the module and intended skills. Practical exercises and fieldwork will allow attendees to apply what they have learned in the lectures and practical sessions and gain experience in interdisciplinary approaches used for conducting socio-economic research and consultancy through undertaking interviews with key informants. The objective is to provide hands-on experience in the importance of identifying baseline data (qualitative and quantitative) relevant for informing coastal policies that support effective management plans and identify the marine governance structures and processes required to build a coherent coastal management plan.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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