Courses & Units

One Ocean XBR303



Teaching occurs fully online via MyLO.


One Ocean examines all aspects of the ocean to emphasise its interconnectedness: physically,  biologically, climatically, culturally and economically for humanity. This unit describes the Earth's ocean as an entity; the roles that it plays in life on Earth and the problems in its successful long-term management for all of humanity. It examines the conflicts that arise out of the multiple uses  of  the ocean and asks students to consider problems with a view to developing their own perspective in an holistic and evidenced manner. The unit emphasises the study of a large scale system as a whole entity in a truly interdisciplinary fashion. As such, students will learn how to research a complex situation from multiple perspectives rather than taking a reductionist approach.

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Characterise the interactive relationships between the physical and biological nature of the ocean and humanity.
  2. Discuss the existing frameworks for ocean governance and jurisdiction in managing the ocean sustainably and equitably.
  3. Propose options that incorporate multiple perspectives to resolve a complex marine management issue.


Unit name One Ocean
Unit code XBR303
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Maritime and Logistics Management|Seafaring|Law|Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity|Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Dr Chris Burke

Teaching staff

Staff of IMAS, AMC and the Faculty of Law.

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 010907

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



No prerequisites, however, XBR101 Confronting Sustainability will provide a good background for One Ocean.



Annotated Bibliography 25%, infographic 25%, mock negotiation on marine plastic pollution and reflective writing piece 50%.

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Flexible Study Options

Teaching occurs fully online via MyLO.


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