autumn 2019

SVF-3555 Coastal planning and governance - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 20.03.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is an integrated part of the IFM programme, but can be taken as a singular course.

Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc.programme in International Fisheries Management.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371

The course is an integrated part of the IFM programme, but is also open for single course students with relevant background. Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc. programme in International Fisheries Management.

Course content

  • Governance, governability and interactive governance in theory and practice
  • Ecosystem-based management in theory and practice
  • Institutional theories and perspectives
  • Coastal and ocean planning in theory and practice, including division of responsibilities, public and private partnerships
  • Integrated coastal management in theory and practice, including conflict resolution and stakeholder participation.
  • Marine Spatial Planning and protected areas in theory and practice
  • Use of fisheries and aquaculture case studies.

Objectives of the course

The course will give students advanced knowledge in coastal planning and governance concepts, tools and practices. It will draw insights from multiple disciplines in analysis of key management challenges.

Knowledge and understanding: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a clear understanding of the main challenges in coastal and ocean planning and governance. Focusing on fisheries and aquaculture issues, the course will provide knowledge of ways to address these challenges.

Skills: Students will be able to critically prepare and appraise issues of coastal and ocean planning and governance. This includes investigating planning and governance challenges and opportunities in concrete fisheries and aquaculture cases.

General competency: The students will become familiar with key concepts of coastal planning and governance, as well as gain a deeper understanding for the role of social science and multidisciplinary perspectives in coastal and ocean planning and governance.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, presentations and case studies.


One-week home exam. The grading scale is A-F, where F is fail.

Coursework requirements:

  • Prepare a fisheries management plan.
  • Prepare a marine protected area plan.
  • Participation and/or documentation of workshop dealing with ocean and coastal planning.

All work requirements must be fulfilled before you can sit for the final exam.

A re-sit exam will be arranged in the next semester.

Date for examination

Take-home examination hand out date 09.12.2019 hand in date 16.12.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.



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