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UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSDG214
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

10 ECTS

Level of Study

Bachelor level

Teaching semester

Spring

This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

Objectives and Content

In 2015 the United Nations adopted 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressing the global challenges of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice. This course sets focus on SDG 14: Life below water. SDG14 aims at "conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development", and has 10 specified targets related to marine pollution and conservation, sustainable fisheries, marine technology, and global change. Through active learning and working in teams, the student will acquire knowledge and skills related to science, policy, and society necessary for understanding and contributing towards sustainable development of life below water. The course will end with a symposium where the students will present a group project as a poster.

See movies from the course: https://www.uib.no/en/sdgbergen/127497/connecting-student-active-learning-un-system

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Explain physical and biological ocean processes that contribute to making the problems under SDG14 global.
  • Explain the history and contents of the most important international agreements and conventions relevant for SDG14.
  • Describe the roles of key governmental and intergovernmental arenas for decision-making relevant for SDG14.

Skills

Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Analyse and interrelate SDG14 targets in light of other SDG targets.
  • Find, navigate, and make connections between scientific literature and the literature of reports, conventions, and policy documents.
  • Identify stakeholders and analyse their motives.
  • Evaluate existing research and suggest research needs related to SDG14.

General competence

Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Be able to compose and use scientifically grounded arguments for societally relevant debates.
  • Be able to provide peer feedback while balancing critical and constructive views.
  • Identify and separate between scientific knowledge versus values, beliefs, and ideologies.

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is an advantage to have studied at least one year at the University level. MNF115.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

None.

Access to the Course

Open to all students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

This course is largely based on active learning methods, where the students play a key role in their learning. Student will work in groups, with individual and group assignments, including:

  • individual essays
  • group presentations
  • peer reviews of their fellow students¿ assignments
  • preparing for and performing a debate
  • preparing poster and presenting it
  • course conference

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved compulsory assignments.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment, consisting of:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • poster at the course symposium

Examination Support Material

None

Grading Scale

Pass/Fail

Assessment Semester

Spring

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department.

Contact

Contact Information

Contact the Study section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no