Course code EDS365

EDS365 Coastal, Marine and Aquatic Resources

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Course responsible: Ian Bryceson
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Course contents - Integrated coastal zone management- Integrated aquatic resource and watershed management - Resilience and vulnerability in coastal ecological and social systems - Tropical coastal ecosystems: coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, etc. - Coastal fisheries: small-scale artisanal and large-scale industrial - Coastal aquaculture systems: integrated polycultures and monocultures - Coastal tourism developments: rights and distribution of benefits - Coastal pollution: impacts and control- Temperate and polar coastal and marine ecosystems - Temperate fisheries crisis and aquaculture issues - Tropical lakes, rivers and wetlands: resource use and management - Freshwater aquaculture systems- Freshwater fisheries management - Effects of globalisation on coastal and aquatic resources - Effects of climate change and vulnerability to disasters - Traditional ecological knowledge and coastal/aquatic resource management - Resilience of livelihoods, institutions and adaptive management approaches - Analytical approaches to studying ecological-social coastal and aquatic systems - A range of international case studies - Examples of MSc research projects addressing coastal and aquatic issues
Learning outcome:
" Coastal and Aquatic Resource Management " will provide a basis for understanding ecological and social systems in coastal, marine and freshwater environments as the context for international developments within fisheries, aquaculture, integrated coastal zone management and aquatic resource and watershed management. Key ecological and social processes will be explained, and the positive and negative impacts of human interventions will be discussed and analysed. Issues of sustainable and non-sustainable use of resources, livelihoods, conservation, rights, governance, and problems arising from conflicts of interest will be presented, with examples from different parts of the world, and with a focus on the effects of increasing globalisation. A holistic approach and interdisciplinary perspectives will be emphasised, incorporating the conceptual framework of linking social-ecological resilience and vulnerability. Students will be shown how to use these concepts within an analytical approach for research projects that may also be applicable to their own MSc projects.
Learning activities:
The course will include lectures, specified readings and class discussions. Group-work with small numbers of students will be based upon joint assignments.
Teaching support:
The lecturer will be available to meet individual students, or groups of students, outside of the assigned teaching hours to discuss particular topics or issues.

Coasts for People: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Coastal and Marine Resource Management¿ by Fikret Berkes. 

Other readings will be made available at course start.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
One term paper (group work)
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. The final written exam will count for 80 % of the grade. Two quizzes during the course will count for 10 % each.
Nominal workload:
300 Hours
Entrance requirements:
Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The class will meet for four hours per week (two double hours). Most weeks will be devoted to lectures and class discussions, but three weeks will be set aside for group-work and writing a mid-term paper.
An external examiner will evaluate the final written exam and assess the examination arrangement for the course and mid-term paper.
Allowed examination aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått