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Coastal Policy

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0612 and MAMC - 4612

This web-based distance education course explores the issues, problems, and potential political and public policy solutions to the challenges of achieving smart, sustainable stewardship of the seashores. Primary emphasis is on the United States experience. Students read two outstanding books and participate in online activities including original case studies, on‐line tests, and selected interactive discussion with each other, the professor, and guests.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • have an overview of the major elements of coastal behavior (i.e. how do coast lines "live" and what is the dynamic of the coast), understand the impact of scientific research on coastal policy, be knowledgeable about selected US case studies of coastal environments and the challenges they pose, and have a basic grasp of US Ocean/Coastal policy, laws, and major initiatives
  • be guided to examining, in a short research project, a detailed topic on coastal policy of special professional or academic interest to them. This will normally be a review of the literature and recommendations for future research.
  • become familiar with literature review and graduate student writing techniques and expectations
  • gain experience in discussing, in a serious and respectful way, selected topics related to coastal policy and they will learn how to effectively share their personal and professional experiences and opinions on these subjects
  • Be more professional and informed in their workplace and academic environment and will be better able to contribute to the public agenda and debate on problems of US coastal areas


Dean, C. (2001). Against the Tide. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0‐2310‐8419‐6


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