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Unit Overview


Achieving solutions to the problems currently facing our oceans involves enhanced governance of human activities based on scientific evidence, and taking into account economic, geo-political and socio-cultural 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 will involve critically analysing how well science and technology are embedded and whether they contribute effectively to a governance framework.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Law and Society [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
  • Honours option in Business Law [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]

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.


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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Erika Techera
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.