Universität Wien FIND

210114 SE M4: International Politics and Development (2019W)

Ocean Politics (engl.)

9.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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Moodle; Fr 22.11. 09:45-11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock

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max. 40 participants
Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 11.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 18.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 25.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 08.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Friday 15.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 29.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 06.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 13.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Friday 10.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 17.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Friday 24.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Friday 31.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar introduces students to the basic features of ocean politics. Starting from the premise that the ocean space is governed by competing interests (territorial, economic, political, military, and scientific) and perspectives (the ocean as a habitat, a resource provider, a transport surface, a battleground, an object of scientific inquiry), the seminar addresses key challenges for ocean protection in the 21st century. This includes the central question of how to govern the global commons, conventionally defined as “areas and resources that do not fall within the sovereign jurisdiction of states” (Vogler 2012).

The aim of the seminar is threefold:
• to familiarise students with key principles (historical, legal, (geo-)political, economic) and international institutions (UNCLOS, IWC, ISA, IMO, UN Fish Stocks Agreement) governing the oceans,
• to apply this knowledge to particular cases exemplifying contemporary challenges in protecting our oceans (e.g. marine biodiversity, deep sea mining, marine pollution)
• to identify and discuss these challenges in light of the multiple interests and power relations shaping how oceans are represented, governed and used in the 21st century.

The course targets Master students interest in the various themes of ocean politics and global environmental politics more broadly. While it may be an advantage if you have some knowledge on ocean issues, global environmental politics or political ecology, the course is still conceptualised in a way that permits all students to participate.

The method of the course consists of
• short lectures,
• students’ presentations,
• autonomous research,
• reading of academic literature
• discussions.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Active participation (you are allowed to skip only one session and have to send me an in advance; a second session can be skipped in urgent cases)
• Hand in all writings in time
• Writings: Essay (by 10.11. 2019) (20%) & Seminar Paper (40%)
• Presentation (20%)
• Active participation in class (20 %)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

A complete and more detailed list of readings will be circulated at the first session of the course

DeSombre. E.R. 2012. Changing issue structure to avoid free riders: protecting the ocean environment. In: Dauvergne, P. (Ed.) Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, 2nd Edition, Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 40-50.
Jacques, P. 2006. Globalization and the World Ocean. Lanham: AltaMira Press.
Hannigan, J. 2016. The Geopolitics of the Deep Ocean. Malden: polity Press.
Harrison, J. 2018. Saving the Oceans through Law. The International Legal Framework for the Protection of the Marine Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Laloe, A.-F. 2018. The Geography of the Ocean. Knowing the Ocean as a space. Abingdon: Routledge.
Steinberg, P.E. 2001. The Social Construction of the Ocean. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Vogler, J. 2012. Studying the global commons: governance without politics? In: Dauvergne, P. (Ed.) Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, 2nd Edition, Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 172-181.

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