Postgraduate Course: Sustainable Marine Development (PGGE11253)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||In this course, students learn to view sustainable marine development as an inter-connected component of maritime security linked to human, economic and national security. They also explore the governance and real-world practice of 3 different marine planning processes meant to help achieve sustainable marine development: marine spatial planning, strategic environmental assessment, and environmental impact assessment. In doing so, students get to explore how these processes aim to reduce conflicts in marine space use, or those that arise from different policies or from uncontrolled human activities. Global case studies are used to teach students how to critique these processes through different perspectives: e.g., climate change, small-scale fisheries, indigenous and local communities, scientific rigour, etc. Lectures, visits from guest practitioners and a group project will demonstrate in practice many key issues such as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and underwater noise but also solutions like improvements in technology and including small-scale fisheries into decision-making. The goal is that by the end of the course, students will have the skills and breadth of knowledge needed to enter into a spectrum of practitioner roles, and to critically evaluate marine planning processes being used worldwide that contribute to maritime security as a pre-condition for a sustainable blue economy.
For 2023, our Sustainable Marine Development course has 4 main components:
1. Lectures on marine planning: in-class lectures to introduce concepts of maritime security and three key planning processes and case studies worldwide (Marine Spatial Planning, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment). Lectures also include principles of sustainable development in, e.g., small-scale fisheries, marine tourism, aquaculture and sustainability issues around deep seabed mining, sometimes with guest experts;
2. Group project: working in groups of 6-7 students, each group will report on outcomes of a mock strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of Scotland¿s marine tourism strategy;
3. Blue papers: students will write a paper that explores and critiques a real-world case study of one of the marine planning process learned about in class;
4. Optional field trip, e.g., to a salmon farm, on the west coast of ScotlandLearning and Teaching Activities: Total Hours: 200 (Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196)
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information: Coursework: 100%
Group Project: 30%
Blue Paper (following role playing activity): 70%
||Feedback will be provided on all assessments, including formative feedback on Blue Paper concept notes.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking and analytical understanding of diverse drivers and impacts around marine environmental assessments and project management
- Apply this critical thinking to real world scenarios following exposure to different NGOs, industry and government perspectives on marine infrastructure projects and projections
- Apply stronger organisation skills to plan, execute and report on scientific investigation and management evaluations
- Participate in individual and team activities toward the completion of assignments and goals
- Develop critical thinking with regard to the evaluation of sources of information, the feasiblity of management options and interpretation of outcomes
|Suggested Reading List to Prepare:|
1. Bulleri and Chapman (2010) The introduction of coastal infrastructure as a driver of change in marine environments. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 26-35
2. Dalal-Clayton, D.B. & Sadler, B. 2017. A methodology for reviewing the quality of strategic environmental assessments in development cooperation. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 35: 257-267
3. Santos, C.F., Ehler, C.N., Agardy, T., Andrade, F., Orbach, M.K. and Crowder, L.B., 2019. Marine spatial planning. In World seas: An environmental evaluation (pp. 571-592). Academic Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. General critical thinking and analytical understanding of diverse drivers and impacts around coastal and marine environmental assessments and project management.
2. Exposure to different perspectives on marine development.
3. Organisation skills to plan, execute and report on scientific investigation and management evaluations.
4. To participate in individual and team activities toward the completion of assignments and goals.
5. Critical thinking with regard to the evaluation of sources of information, the feasibility of management options and interpretation of outcomes.
|Keywords||Marine Infrastructure,built environments,project development,mitigation,environmental change
|Course organiser||Dr Lea-Anne Henry
Tel: (0131 6)50 5425
|Course secretary||Mrs Lauren Blackman
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624