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Patrick John Christie
SMA 550
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Marine Studies

Examination of various aspects of marine studies. Content varies, depending upon the interests of the faculty and students. Intended for the joint participation by the faculty and advanced students in the investigation of selected topics. One or more groups are organized each quarter.

Class description

Applied, socio-ecological research on the impacts of marine conservation efforts is critical to improving effectiveness. There is a growing niche for specialists who conduct such evaluative research. This reading and analytic seminar will explore this topic through readings from the peer reviewed and grey literature considering domestic and international programs. Students will co-design the reading list and topics with the teacher, and will facilitate discussions with their peers. Students can also engage in data analysis as part of their graduate research.

Student learning goals

Students will become will become familiar with the marine socio-ecological research literature.

Students will accomplish graduate level data analysis.

General method of instruction

Readings, discussion, data analysis.

Recommended preparation

Graduate student standing.

Class assignments and grading

Students will receive a participation grade for each class meeting based on their demonstrated mastery of readings, constructive contribution to discussion, and progress toward data analysis goals. No mid-term or final exam will be given.

Quality of analysis and meaningful participation in class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patrick John Christie
Date: 09/09/2010