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Unit information: Maritime Security in 2021/22

Unit name Maritime Security
Unit code LAWDM0126
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Galani
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will examine the concept of maritime security, the legal framework applicable to maritime security threats and the way states and international organisations have relied upon it to achieve the security of the world’s oceans and seas. The unit has four thematic areas that focus on national security, human security, marine safety and economic development. The impact of the various maritime security threats, such as piracy, maritime terrorism, illegal fishing and marine pollution on the four thematic areas will be closely examined. The aim of the unit is to cover issues of maritime security across the different regions of the world, including Europe, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean, Africa and Latin America. Particular attention will be paid to the interplay between the international law of the sea and maritime security as well as the role of international organisations, such as NATO, the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU) and the Association of South East Asian States (ASEAN) in the promotion of maritime security.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students are expected to be able to:

  1. Evaluate the interplay between the law of the sea and maritime security
  2. Evaluate the meaning of maritime security and the development of regional strategies and agreements aimed at tackling maritime security threats
  3. Engage with the legal and political aspects of traditional maritime security threats, such as piracy, maritime terrorism and IUU, and emerging maritime security threats, such as the robotics evolution
  4. Critically evaluate the rights and duties of flag, coastal and port States and the shipping industry in promoting maritime security

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

2 x summative assessments: 2x coursework with a specified word count (50% each)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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