PB AF 538
Survey of the manner in which international regimes and organizations attempt to manage and regulate the uses of the ocean. Primary emphasis is on the analysis of the effectiveness of regimes and of processes that support or constrain these organizations. Prerequisite: SMEA 500 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with SMEA 507.
This course examines international regimes to govern international environmental common pool resources and the organizations that manage them. Under what conditions do these regimes emerge? What factors influence their effectiveness? How do they balance protection of global environment with other societal goals such as democracy and equity? Which particular regimes have been developed to govern the oceans? How effective are they and how they influence national, state, local policies and ocean users? What organizations have been developed to manage global oceans and with what success? These are the key issues addressed in this course.
Student learning goals
Development of knowledge of key institutions and organizations governing oceans;
Development of theoretical expertise and analytical skills required for the analysis of their emergence, functioning, and effectiveness;
Critical analysis of data and methods used in such analyses;
Improvement of oral and written communication skills;
Development and design of an empirical research project proposal.
General method of instruction
I use a variety of assignments to foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in addition to development of area expertise. Students are expected to write me memos in which they review and critique the assigned readings. Students also review and critically evaluate available secondary data, report on academic empirical research, develop an empirical research proposal, and provide peer-review.
Graduate student standing.
Class assignments and grading
Students reflect on the assigned readings in 4 memos; review and critically evaluate available secondary data, report on academic empirical research, develop an empirical research proposal, and provide peer-review.
Four memos (35%) Data availability oral and written report (12%) Empirical research project report (8%) Research proposal draft (10%) Peer review comments on research proposal (5%) Research Proposal (30%)