Courses in the Marine Affairs Program

All students take the five core courses which total 3.5 of the required 5 credits, one of which is the graduate project

Students, in consultation with MAP, select elective courses offered by the Marine Affairs Program or other departments, which make up the balance of the 1.5 credits, from an approved list. 

Consult the Academic Timetable for the current course schedule. Summarized below are the courses the MAP program offers.

Core Courses    

MARA 5001       Contemporary Issues in Ocean Management and Development description
MARA 5002 Graduate Project description
MARA 5003 Marine Science and Technology description
MARA 5009 Coastal Zone Management description
MARA 5004 Marine Management Skill Development   description

Elective Courses

Below is a list of electives offered by the Marine Affairs Program. For other options see the complete list of elective courses. Note: MARA elective course offerings are subject to sufficient student enrollment.  

MARA 5005 Independent Readings description
MARA 5008 Integrated Maritime Enforcement and Compliance description
MARA 5012 Community Based Co-Management   description

MARA 5013

Marine Protected Areas   description
MARA 5015 Marine Transportation Policy and Administration   description
MARA 5021 Fisheries Management   description
MARA 5589 Politics of the Sea   description

Ancillary Courses

To facilitate the success of students in the Master of Marine Management interdisciplinary degree program, Marine Affairs requires students lacking an introductory oceanography course or an introductory sociology course in their previous education to take an ancillary course. The ancillary courses OCEA 2001/2002 (The Blue Planet) and SOSA 1200 (People and Culture) are available to MMM students to better prepare them for the core courses MARA 5003 (Marine Science and Technology) and MARA 5011 (Contemporary Issues in Ocean Management and Development Part 2). These ancillary courses provide students with some exposure to the forces at play in the marine environment, and social science theories, methodologies and approaches. Since these ancillary courses are undergraduate courses, they do not count as a course towards the MMM degree but they are mandatory for any student lacking demonstrable undergraduate knowledge in oceanography or sociology. There is no extra tuition cost to take these courses during the MMM program.

A minimum grade of B- must be achieved in the ancillary courses to continue in the MMM program. Each student will be notified in advance of the beginning of the MMM degree if they are required to undertake an ancillary course. A student required to undertake an ancillary who disagrees with that decision can provide any relevant syllabi to demonstrate undergraduate knowledge in oceanography or sociology. A MAP Faculty will then meet with the student and ask her/him specific questions regarding basic knowledge covered in the ancillary courses. Depending on the acceptability of her/his responses, a decision will be made to waive, audit or take as credit the ancillary course. Following this process, the decision of the MAP Faculty is final. Students are reminded that the identification of the need to take the ancillary courses by MAP is aimed at preparing them to meet the expectations of graduate level courses requiring this basic level of understanding in oceanography and sociology.

Further information is available from the MAP Administrator.