Selected Course Descriptions*
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DHP H202 Maritime History
A study of world history over the past 500 years from a salt-water perspective. The course will examine the ocean as source, avenue, and arena, 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. Read the official course description
DHP H203 Contemporary Maritime Affairs: Global Trade, Maritime Security, Territorial Disputes, and Environmental Degradation
Over 90 percent of international trade is carried by sea – the lifeblood of globalization.The world’s oceans present a myriad of opportunities and challenges in international affairs, such as territorial disputes, opening Arctic sea routes, piracy, terrorism, energy and mineral extraction, marine disasters, strained fisheries, maritime security and technological advances in maritime domain awareness. The course will explore these issues, depending on individual student interests. Course format is lecture and discussion, with two short written exercises and an oral report leading to a final paper of journal article length. Writing and speaking skills receive considerable attention. No prerequisites other than a lively curiosity. Read the official course description
DHP H204: The Arctic in International Affairs
A seminar studying the world's "newest ocean" as source, avenue, and arena of interaction. In this rapidly changing region, we examine economic, strategic, and cultural contexts with special attention to environmental concerns. Within the Arctic context, students will be encouraged to pursue their primary intellectual interests. The course is without formal prerequisite although some background in maritime studies is strongly desirable. Course format is both lecture and discussion. Read the official course description