OCEN4001 Oceans Governance

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Achieving solutions to the problems currently facing our oceans involves enhanced governance of human activities based on scientific evidence, and taking into account economic, geopolitical and sociocultural factors. This unit explores the concepts of good governance, justice, and ethics as well as the role of culture, economics, law and policy. The Indian Ocean region includes a variety of cultures (including indigenous and traditional peoples) and all major legal systems of the world, which are explored in this unit. The region also includes countries at different stages of development creating various economic and developmental priorities. Students analyse and evaluate key oceans policy initiatives with a focus on achieving the goals of the blue economy. Governance frameworks do not operate in isolation and therefore this unit involves critically analysing how well science and technology are embedded and whether they contribute effectively to a governance framework.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the concept and principles of good governance, as well as the key tools and elements of law and policy; (2) demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the international legal system and its principles, in particular, the Law of the Sea; (3) display a sophisticated understanding of the interface between governance, law, policy, science and technology; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to oceans governance; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of oceans law and its interconnectedness with the physical and social sciences, policy, politics and economics.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) report; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Erika Techera
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