The Fletcher School: Maritime Studies

Selected Course Offerings

Selected Course Descriptions*

*Please Note: The following descriptions are not official Fletcher course descriptions. To read official course descriptions, please go to the courses page.

The Fletcher Maritime Studies Program examines maritime issues from three perspectives:

DHP D205: Contemporary Maritime Affairs: Global Trade, Maritime Security, Territorial Disputes and Environmental Issues at Sea
Over 90% of international trade is carried by sea – the lifeblood of globalization.  The world’s oceans also present a myriad of opportunities and challenges in international affairs, such as territorial disputes, opening Arctic sea routes, piracy, terrorism, strained fisheries, mineral and energy extraction, marine disasters, whaling, maritime security and technological advances in maritime domain awareness.  The course will explore these issues and other maritime topics based on individual student interests.  Course format is lecture and discussion.  Writing and speaking skills receive considerable attention.  No prerequisites other than a lively curiosity. 

DHP P259: Science Diplomacy: Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean
This course will address “science diplomacy” as an emerging interdisciplinary field with global relevance to promote cooperation and prevent conflict among nations. The Arctic Ocean will be used as a case-study where science-policy interactions are being used to balance national interests and common interests with regard to sustainable infrastructure development. More specifically, lessons of science diplomacy will be illustrated in the context of environmental security as an integrated approach for assessing and responding to the risks as well as the opportunities generated by an environmental state-change. Overall, objective of this course is to consider scientific contributions to sustainable, stable and peaceful development in our world with a long-term view toward balancing economic prosperity, environmental protection, social equity and public welfare – considering the urgencies of today and the needs of future generations. Spring semester. Paul Arthur Berkman  

DHP H202: Maritime History and Globalization
A study of world history over the past 500 years from a salt-water perspective. The course will examine the ocean as avenue, arena, source, and cultural metaphor, analyzing major themes such as the impact of changing technologies and modes of warfare, evolving patterns of trade, and differing cultural perceptions. The format will be lecture, with some discussion. Fall semester. Geoffrey Gresh. Not taught Fall 2016  

Fletcher courses can often be adapted to student interests, whether choosing topics for papers, projects, or presentations. Below are a number of courses Fletcher students interested in maritime affairs have found useful.

Other Relevant Fletcher Courses
ILO L223 International Environmental Law
ILO L230 International Business Transactions
DHP P255 International Energy Policy
DHP P213 The Evolution of Grand Strategy
DHP P250 Elements of International Environmental Policy
DHP P220 Process of International Negotiation
DHP P273 Strategic Dimensions of China’s Rise
EIB B284 Petroleum in the Global Economy