[FULL] Solving wicked problems of the future ocean


Do you want to learn more about marine ecology and maritime business?

The Sea Solving wicked problems of the future ocean course aims to introduce the students to some of the ocean-related wicked problems and to discuss solutions.

Dates: 9th of August to 20th of August 2021

Organizer: Åbo Akademi University

Place: The course is arranged online

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 50€

Application: by 12.4.2021. This course will not take any more students.

Course description

The aim or the course is to introduce the students to ocean-related wicked problems and to discuss solutions that enable coexistence between marine and maritime life and the modern society that promotes sustainability.

A ‘wicked problem’ is a challenging and urgent problem with numerous causes and effects, for instance climate change, or eutrophication of water bodies. Their solution involves a number of different stakeholders with divergent views, which makes these problems inherently difficult to solve.

In this course, we will focus on what the marine wicked problems are and how they can be tackled in an interdisciplinary, science-based way, combining perspectives from marine ecology, maritime business, marine governance, and cultural studies.

The course is given online and includes short lectures, assignments, team work, virtual excursions and exercises, as well as meetings and discussions with relevant stakeholders.

Learning objectives

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:

• Describe and exemplify what a marine wicked problem is
• Explain basic socio-ecological and socio-technical aspects of marine wicked problems and solutions
• Integrate different approaches to address marine wicked problems and solutions
• Apply an interdisciplinary approach to analyse and understand wicked problems related to the sea and argue for its importance in solving the problems
• Relate sustainable development needs to marine wicked problems and solutions.

Target audience

Undergraduate students or anyone interested in marine ecology, governance and maritime business.


Online lectures and invited talks, online exercises and individual assignments (e.g quizzes, tasks, course diary), group work (e.g. group discussions and assignments).

Student workload

5 ECTS: Pre-task or -lecture 20 h, lectures and mentoring 20 h, assignments 50 h, group work 35h = 125 h

Assessment and criteria

Evaluation scale 0 -5 (0=fail – 5=excellent). Activity in lectures and group work (20%), assignments 80%

Assessment criteria

Participation in lectures, assignments, activity in group work.

Learning materials

Lectures and other learning materials provided prior to and during the course. Material will be available through the course platform (Moodle) after acceptance and enrolment to the course.

Number of students: min. 5, max. 20 students