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This unit utilises various analytical approaches concerning the development, implementation, evaluation and legitimacy of Antarctic and oceans governance at both the international and national levels.

Three broad interrelated issue areas are examined: [i] the evolution of the Antarctic Treaty System; [ii] global, regional and domestic fisheries policy management; and [iii] emerging issues and policies in oceans governance. Case material concerning controversial, contemporary issues such as Antarctic tourism, climate change in polar regions, marine environmental protection, controlling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, whaling, and seabird conservation are also explored.

Summary 2021

Unit name Governing the Antarctic and Oceans
Unit code HPP314
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Dr. Joanna Vince

Teaching staff

Dr. Joanna Vince

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply key concepts and theories of governance in the Antarctic and marine domains.
  2. Analyse and evaluate concepts, theories and case studies on national and/or international levels of governance in the Antarctic and marine domains.
  3. Communicate knowledge and research results about Antarctic or oceans governance coherently in written and/or oral formats applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly online lecture (1 x 1 hour)
Weekly tutorial (1 x 50 minutes)

Off Campus:
Web-based delivery of 13 lectures
Weekly online tutorial discussion (x1)


Test or Quiz 10% , Take Home Exam 40% Assignment 35% and Tutorial/Other Participation 15%

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