Ocean Solutions

University of Western Australia

This course will look at how intelligent and innovative use of the ocean can sustainably deliver the key resources necessary to help meet some of the great challenges faced by humanity.

The world's population recently reached seven billion people, and is expected to swell to nine billion by 2050. This growing population is putting pressure on food, water and energy supplies, threatening biodiversity, and contributing to global climate change. We need find a way to meet these challenges while maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment.

We believe that the oceans hold the key to overcoming these challenges. 

In this 8-week course we will look at:
  • The significant challenges facing humanity now and in the future
  • Identifying the bottle-necks behind these challenges
  • How ocean-based solutions will help to meet the growing demands for resources
  • How ocean-based solutions can be used in climate change mitigation strategies
  • The historical impact of ocean governance on implementing effective solutions
  • The impacts of public perception and attitudes in implementing ocean solution strategies and consider the practicality of successfully deploying them
We hope you can join us.


The following modules will be covered during the first 6 weeks of the course:

Module 1: Problem Statement
Module 2: The Challenge
Module 3: Ocean Solutions
Module 4: Food from the Ocean
Module 5: Water from the Ocean
Module 6: Energy
Module 7: Marine Bioresources
Module 8: Climate Change Mitigation
Module 9: Governance of Ocean Solutions
Module 10: Successfully Deploying Ocean Solutions
Module 11: Prospects

The final 2 weeks of the course will involve a peer assessment activity.

Recommended Background

This course is best suited to university students and graduates of the environmental sciences and science teachers. However the concepts are introduced in a simple manner so it is accessible to anyone with a keen interest in the environment and sustainability.

Suggested Readings

A list of additional reading will be available each week.

Course Format

Each module contains a series of short lecture videos. The length of each module varies but roughly an hour of material will be made available. Each week there will be a quiz to test your knowledge of the module/s covered. At the end of the course there will be a peer assessment activity. Students will also be encouraged to continue exploring the concepts raised throughout the course in the discussion forum, however this is optional.


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
  • Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

  • 26 May 2014, 8 weeks
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