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Blue Economy and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources



Course format On-site
Date 2020-11-03 - 2021-01-17
Entry level Bachelor
Cost 29 750 SEK

For YOU interested in the economy and the socioeconomy of the marine resources and short and long (sustainable) terms. 

The aim of this course is to describe the ownership over the marine and maritime resources, and the main governance systems that regulate these ownerships.


Requirements: A Bachelor's degree (180 credits) including a thesis work.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Grant opportunities

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student is expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe the social, economic and ecological pillars of sustainability
  • Describe various types of property regimes and international, regional and national laws and regulations of marine and maritime resources, and the main governance systems that regulate the use of the oceans
  • Describe the basic elements of marine commercial activities such as fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, off-shore industry and tourism, how these activities can affect the marine environment and are managed and regulated in various regions of the world
  • Describe and exemplify the role and occurrence of non-industrial recreational and artisanal marine and maritime activities and how these relate to the status of the marine ecosystem and complex human-nature relationships
  • Describe terms and concepts such as green economy, ecosystem services, ecological compensation, no-net-loss, polluter-pays-principle, mitigation hierarchy and habitat banking

Competence and skills

  • Compare and evaluate the basic components of different management strategies for marine resources
  • Identify and value marine ecosystem services and their human benefits, and discuss limitations with different valuation methods
  • Identify and scale compensation measures that will avoid net losses of biodiversity and natural resources

Judgement and approach

  • Critically evaluate terms such as “sustainable use”, "green economy", "ecosystem service" and "ecological compensation" and discuss their limitations and alternative models Assess sustainable outcomes and short-term and long-term effects of various marine and maritime industrial activities in relation to the UN sustainability goals
  • Analyse and discuss the reasons and potential solutions of various conflicts over marine resources

The course is sustainability-focused, which means that at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets at least one of the University of Gothenburg’s confirmed sustainability criteria. The content also constitutes the course's main focus.


ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Logistics and shipping management
Conservation and environmental management
Coastal and marine tourism