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Marine Affairs (MAF)

Chairperson: Professor Thompson

100 Human Use and Management of the Marine Environment (3)

Examination of uses and management efforts in the coastal and ocean environment. Assessment of problems arising from those uses and attempts to conserve resources, protect the environment, and minimize use conflicts in the context of changing technological capabilities, knowledge, and values. (Lec. 3) (S)

120 New England and the Sea (3)

An examination of the human and environmental impacts of the sea and its uses on the New England and Gulf of Maine region. Considers marine resource use and management from colonial to modern times. (Lec. 3)

220 Introduction to Marine and Coastal Law (3)

Basic principles of marine and coastal law in the United States. An integration of coastal zone, outer continental shelf, fisheries, marine pollution, and admiralty laws. (Lec. 3) (S) [D]

312 The Politics of the Ocean (3)

Survey of decision making with respect to the marine environment at the international, national, and local levels. Special emphasis on laws and treaties of the United States and the United Nations. (Lec. 3)

320 Shipping and Ports (3)

An introduction to waterborne movement of cargo. An examination of shipping and port operations, innovations in maritime transportation systems, and the interplay of the operators, shipping, and ports. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100.

330 World Fishing (3)

The role of marine fisheries and aquaculture in world food production. Social, economic, legal, and scientific issues in fisheries management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100.

350 Caribbean Geography

See Geography 350.

410 Senior Seminar in Marine Affairs (3)

Advanced work in the management of the coastal and marine environment, with special emphasis on case studies and student projects. Seniors only. (Seminar) Required for seniors in marine affairs. Not for graduate credit in marine affairs.

413 Peoples of the Sea

See Anthropology 413.

415 Marine Pollution Policy (3)

Introduction to management techniques for marine pollutants (biodegradable materials, nutrients, petroleum, metals, synthetic organics, radioactive materials, plastics, heat, and dredge spoils) with emphasis on strategies to limit environmental impacts. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing or above. Not for graduate credit.

461 Coastal Zone Management (3)

Examination of activities and management efforts in the coastal zone of both developed and developing countries and their impacts on the environment. Resolution of use conflicts. (Lec. 3)

465 GIS Applications in Coastal and Marine Management (3)

The use of geographical information systems (GIS) technology in coastal and marine settings. Database acquisition and management are emphasized. Case application in coastal zone management, artificial habitat, and fisheries management. (Lec. 3)

471 Island Ecosystem Management (3)

An ecosystem approach to the sustainable development and environmental management of mid-oceanic islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Topics include tourism, reef fishery, cultural heritage, and marine conservation. Simulation game on island-wide management process. (Lec. 3)

472 Marine Recreation and Tourism Management Seminar (3)

Analysis of domestic and international case studies emphasizing identification of and solutions to problems of coastal recreation and tourism. Use of experiential learning. Emphasis placed on presentation, leadership, and negotiation skills. (Seminar)

475 Human Responses to Coastal Hazards and Disasters (3)

Examines the impact of hazards and disasters on human population inhabiting the coastal zone. Sets human adaptations to coastal hazards and disasters in an historical context. Extracts lessons learned for comparative analysis. (Lec. 3)

482 Quantitative Methods in Marine Affairs (3)

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics in geography and marine affairs. Emphasis on the spatial application of statistical tests with particular utility to the geographer and marine affairs student. (Lec. 3) Pre: STA 220 or equivalent for undergraduate students.

484 Environmental Analysis and Policy in Coastal Management (3)

Analysis of environmental policy strategies as applied in federal and state coastal management programs. Emphasis on coastal environmental assessment and program evaluation techniques, hazards management, regulatory frameworks, and environmental ethics. (Lec. 3)

490 Field Experience in Marine Affairs (3-6)

Supervised undergraduate internship within an approved work setting designed to provide students with on-the-job experience relevant to their academic training and career goals. Students are responsible for securing internship positions and learning contract. (Practicum) Pre: permission of instructor, senior standing recommended. Not for graduate credit.

491, 492 Special Problems (3 each)

Individual guidance in major readings and methods of research. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

494 Cases in Marine Policy (3)

A single, current problem drawn from areas such as coastal management, ports, or fisheries is examined through detailed analysis of alternatives and decision processes. (Seminar). Pre: permission of instructor or chairperson.

499 Directed Study (1-3)

Individual research and reports on problems of special interest, including honors thesis research. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of instructor.

502 Research Methods in Marine Affairs (3)

Emphasis on the application of alternative research methods utilized in a typical interdisciplinary study. Development of specific research projects. (Lec. 3) Pre: 482 or permission of chairperson.

511 Ocean Uses and Marine Sciences (3)

Introduction to selected ocean uses focusing on the interplay of public policy and marine science. Emphasis on policy implications of uses such as resource and energy extraction. (Lec. 3)

515 Marine Pollution Policy (3)

Introduction to management techniques for marine pollutants (biodegradable materials, nutrients, petroleum, metals, synthetic organics, radioactive materials, plastics, heat, and dredge spoils) with emphasis on strategies to limit environmental impacts. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing only.

516 (or CPL 516) Seminar on the Urban Waterfront (3)

The urban environment and its evolution, structure, and function as it pertains to metropolitan waterfronts and small recreational harbors. Emphasis on the permitting process, public participation, marine recreation, and management issues. Field trip and student project required. (Seminar)

521 Coastal Zone Law (3)

Examination of the authority of different levels and agencies of government to make decisions affecting coastal regions. Survey of existing and proposed state and national legislation affecting coastal regions. (Lec. 3)

523 Fisheries Law and Management (3)

Examination of the relationship between law and fisheries policy on the international and national levels, law relating to fisheries, jurisdictional levels, function of law in implementing fisheries management policy. (Lec. 3)

526 Management of Marine Protected Areas (3)

Examination of ecological, political, legal, and social factors in establishing and managing marine protected areas. Case studies of MPA efforts highlight interrelationships among interest groups, institutions, and legislation. (Lec. 3)

527 (or NRS 527) Marine Protected Areas: An Interdisciplinary Analysis (3)

Examination of the ecological, political, social, cultural, and economic factors influencing the use of MPAs. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

563 Maritime Transportation (3)

Passenger and commodity transportation. Analysis of the relationship between transportation services and the spatial distribution of activities. Emphasis on multimodel transport and bulk commodities. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior or graduate standing or permission of instructor.

564 Port Operations and Policy (3)

Analysis of coastal and international trade routes and the response of ports. Special emphasis on the container revolution, liquid natural gas transportation, and deep-water ports for supertankers. (Lec. 3)

565 Cruise Ship Operations, Marketing, and Ports (3)

Explores the many facets of the cruise ship industry from the points of view of social, management, and policy science. Designed to familiarize the student, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, with the genesis, current status, and future roles of this dynamic industry. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing, or seniors with permission of instructor.

577 (or PSC 577) International Ocean Law (3)

Principles of international law as they relate to ocean management problems. Jurisdiction in zones, such as territorial seas, exclusive economic zones, and the high seas will be examined, as well as the problems posed by zonal approaches to ocean-use management.

578 International Ocean Organizations (3)

International organizations involved in marine-related activities, including their planning, management, regulatory, and assistance functions. Attention to the impact of organizations on ocean management efforts in the developed and developing world. (Lec. 3) Pre: 577 or permission of instructor.

582 Coastal Ecosystem Governance (3)

This course links human impacts on coastal environments with existing or proposed governance solutions. Management regimes for individual sectors, coastal regions, and land/estuarine ecosystems are introduced and compared. (Seminar)

589 Master’s Project Research (3)

Preparation of a major research paper for M.M.A. students under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing in the M.M.A. program. S/U credit.

591, 592 Directed Study or Research (3 each)

Areas of special research interest of graduate students. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

602 Federal Ocean Policy and Organization (3)

Ocean policy development and implementation by the executive and legislative branches of government. Allocation of powers and analysis of the decision-making process for the oceans. (Lec. 3)

651 Marine Affairs Seminar (3 )

Interdisciplinary seminar conducted by marine affairs program faculty supplemented by guest speakers from industry and government. Focuses on problems of marine resources development and management at the local, state, national, and international policy levels. (Seminar)

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. Maximum of 6 credits of 699 may be taken prior to completing approved dissertation proposal. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

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