Ocean Education: Open Elective Modules of the summer semester 2019

The Cluster of Excellence „Future Ocean", the priority research area of Kiel University Kiel Marine Science (KMS), and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences promote an interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and provide a growing number of elective modules on current marine and environmental topics for interested Master students of Kiel University. One key objective is to enhance inter- and increasingly transdisciplinary learning and knowledge exchange in class and to encourage marine scientific work beyond disciplinary boundaries.


To this end, the "Ocean Education Initiative" compiled a catalogue of open elective modules, provided and taught by the faculties of Kiel University and associated institutes such as GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research. Students can choose modules that are best fit for their specific interests and career goals. For example, a student in a marine science program may be interested in ocean governance or spatial planning; a law student may be interested in geological and biological marine resources or the fundamentals of environmental ethics; a student in a social science program may be interested in ocean climate change or the challenges of future ocean sustainable development.

The catalogue will be expanded and renewed continuously. In most modules, students enrolled in Master programs can earn credit points for the optional component of their curriculum. Current modules on offer and further information can be found in UnivIS and on the website of the Ocean Education Initiative.

In the summer term 2019, the following elective modules will be on offer for Master students of all faculties:

International Law of the Sea
International Law of Marine Resources

Marine Sciences
Element Cycles in the Ocean
New Aspects of Meteorology & Oceanography: Carbon Cycling in a Changing Climate
Advanced Course in Polar Ecology
Mechanisms of Biomineralization
New Developments in Microbiology
Biological Modeling & Biostatistics

Computer Science in Ocean and Climate Research
Optimization and Data Science

Agricultural & Nutritional Sciences
Lebensmittel und Biowirkstoffe aus dem Meer
Haltung und Aufzucht aquatischer Organismen

Social Sciences & Economy
Issues of Sustainability

Climate Ethics
Ethik und Biodiversität
Ideengeschichte des Naturschutzes: Von der Romantik bis zur Gegenwart (Vorlesung & Seminar
Philosophie der Biologie

Basisseminar: Zukunft nachhaltig gestalten
Nachhaltigkeit: Zukunft beruflich mitgestalten
Berufsorientierung Biologie und angewandte Biowissenschaften
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