Courses & Units

Oceans Governance and Policy KSM714


This unit provide an introduction to the management of uses of the marine environment in arras beyond national jurisdiction. International Marine Management incorporates distinct yet interconnected themes: commercial resource exploitation (living and non-living); tourism, recreation and other non-extractive commercial uses of the oceans; shipping; piracy and other important security matters; conservation of the environment; and emerging techniques and findings in marine scientific research.
The oceans are steeped in lore and tradition, and much of this is now codified into international law. The overarching approach of the unit is to explore management and stewardship of the world’s oceans through the development and implementation of international rather than national law. The unit explores the interactions between nation states, non-state actors and international organisations and the intersection of interests, rights and rules in the development of ocean management regimes,
Completing the unit will equip students from a wide variety of academic disciplines with the ability to view the world’s oceans from a more holistic perspective. Your new knowledge will assist you to understand the basis for international policy decisions and legal approaches and marine scientific research.


Unit name Oceans Governance and Policy
Unit code KSM714
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Professor Marcus Haward
Delivered By


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse interactions between states, non-state actors, and international organisations using regime analysis.
  • Use legal instruments, regime theory, and marine management frameworks to inform strategy development for complex marine environments
  • Evaluate current developments in marine management practices and challenges through analysis of published literature and data.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090909 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $1,919.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly lectures and weekly seminar for 13 weeks (semester).

Students in this unit will participate in a weekly 2-hour lectures (online recorded/synchronous) through Zoom Conferencing in MyLo. These lectures will be common with the undergraduate cohort in KSA302 International Marine Management.

AssessmentReport (40%)|Review of papers (10%)|Policy Brief (40%)|Reflection (10%)
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