Course Overview

Planet earth’s defining feature is the ocean and it is the reason that life exists. It produces oxygen, absorbs carbon dioxide and contributes to freshwater renewal. It connects countries and cultures, and supports ecosystems that bridge national boundaries. The ocean provides important goods and services to society. It is a major part of the world economy, with more nations looking to the ocean as a way to meet he needs of their people, particularly coastal communities and island nations. Some nations are looking at their large lakes and rivers to do the same. This short course introduces the key components that build a strong foundation for a sustainable blue economy. This is MOOC two of four, and it can be taken on its own, but you will gain the most value by taking all four courses. The remaining courses will explore key sectors of the Blue Economy in more detail.

Whether you live in a landlocked or coastal nation, the benefits of developing a sustainable Blue Economy are relevant. Over five weeks you’ll discover how and why the Blue Economy concept is driving innovative thinking about how we engage with the ocean and how it supportssocieties. Through discussion forums and live sessions with experts, you’ll get to interact and collaborate with other learners, plus the videos, reading and quizzes help you understand the material. All this for only 4-5 hours of your time per week.

Learning Outcomes

This is an introductory course for persons from various backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. The integrated, multi-sectoral nature of the Blue Economy provides opportunity for new knowledge to be developed, regardless of how much or how little you may know. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of ocean governance and integrated ocean management in the Blue Economy
  2. Explain the role of financing, research and capacity development in advancing the Blue Economy
  3. Critically evaluate the relationship between human rights, gender equality and the Blue Economy

Kelly Hoareau, UniSey BERI