MARINE 100G The Ocean Around Us

MARINE 100G | Open | Semester One 2020 | City Campus


We take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the importance of our oceans as the driver of our climate, source of sustenance, and focus of domestic and international political, economic and legal negotiations. We will address questions about ocean systems and resource management in New Zealand and internationally and discuss the future of the ocean realm.

Note: BSc students who intend taking further MARINE courses should not take MARINE 100G 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • Have a broad understanding of global ocean processes, resources, and the nature of the human relationship with our oceans.
  • Have a broader perspective on the range of approaches to the ownership, exploitation and management of ocean resources, both for New Zealand and internationally.
  • Be familiar with some of the fundamental concepts relating to oceans, ocean food chains, global weather systems, international law of the sea, maximum sustainable yield and the tragedy of the commons.
  • Be able to discuss your ideas in a range of both written and oral forms.
  • Improve your ability to write an academically accredited piece of work.

Topics covered

These include:

  • Dynamic Oceans – their important role in driving global processes, such as our weather
  • Living Oceans – the interconnectedness of living systems in our oceans
  • Ocean Resources – exploring the wide range of benefits provided from our oceans
  • Ocean Values – human perspectives on oceans and how this translates to our relationships with oceans
  • Future Oceans – what does the future hold for our oceans and what can people do to influence the outcomes?


Two synopses of dialogue sessions (20%)
In-course test (20%)
Practical assignment (25%)
Two-hour examination (35%)

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