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Ocean Literacy principles

Semester 3

Ocean literacy is defined as an understanding of the ocean’s influence on people and their influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person should understand the essential principles and fundamental concepts; should be able to communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.

The major subjects covered during the course

  • The Ocean Literacy Framework: 
  • The seven ocean literacy principles
  • The science concepts underlying the Principles and how they are connected;
  • History of Ocean literacy movement
  • Ongoing and new initiatives in the field of ocean literacy (EU and Global)

The course will consist of a series of lectures provided by experts in the field of Ocean Literacy and will be completed by a personal applied task in which the student examines and presents and compares two existing examples of ocean literacy initiatives.

Background material used in this course will be “The Ocean Literacy Guide” ( and the UNESCO Ocean Literacy Toolkit

The course will be organised at the Marine Station of Villefranche-sur-mer

Final competencies

1  The student knows and understands the Ocean Literacy Framework.

2  The student knows how and why Ocean Literacy became an important topic at many international agendas.

3  The student is able to identify and evaluate existing projects and initiatives


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