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UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-04 - 2021-06-18

Objectives and Content

In 2015 the United Nations adopted 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressing the global challenges of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice. This course sets focus on SDG 14: Life below water. SDG14 aims at "conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development", and has 10 specified targets related to marine pollution and conservation, sustainable fisheries, marine technology, and global change. Through active learning and working in teams, the student will acquire knowledge and skills related to science, policy, and society necessary for understanding and contributing towards sustainable development of life below water. The course will end with a symposium where the students will present a group project as a poster. Check out posters from earlier courses here.

See short movies from the course in 2019 on how student active learning connects the students with the UN system.


Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is an advantage to have studied at least one year at the University level. SDG110.

Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Explain physical and biological ocean processes that contribute to making the problems under SDG14 global.
  • Explain the history and contents of the most important international agreements and conventions relevant for SDG14.
  • Describe the roles of key governmental and intergovernmental arenas for decision-making relevant for SDG14.


Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Analyse and interrelate SDG14 targets in light of other SDG targets.
  • Find, navigate, and make connections between scientific literature and the literature of reports, conventions, and policy documents.
  • Identify stakeholders and analyse their motives.
  • Evaluate existing research and suggest research needs related to SDG14.

General competence

Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Be able to compose and use scientifically grounded arguments for societally relevant debates.
  • Be able to provide peer feedback while balancing critical and constructive views.
  • Identify and separate between scientific knowledge, values, beliefs, and ideologies.


ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Conservation and environmental management
Machinery and operators