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Maritime Anthropology



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-15 - 2020-12-16

Course Description:

The course is about the social and cultural dimensions of coastal communities through the lens of anthropology. The course focuses on the relationship between humans and the marine environment in contemporary and historical human cultures.

The course includes an examination of archaeological records, histories of environmental change, cultural heritage and the record from submerged landscapes and coastal sites. Attention will be paid to the conflicts of development vs. conservation and current threats to the coastal zones. Students will learn about anthropological theories, traditional and local knowledge, maritime history and folklore.


Only for students in Coastal Communities and Regional Development (MA programme)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can explain academic concepts used to understand the anthropological dimensions of coastal and marine systems.
  • can describe the main legislation, methods, principles and techniques of underwater archaeological investigation
  • can explain how maritime and coastal heritage is presented to the public, and which conflicts occur regarding heritage and conservation
  • can explain international rules and treaties regarding marine resources and cultural heritage
  • can discuss challenges of connecting anthropological perspectives and the study of ecological systems.


ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Marine archaeology
Conservation and environmental management