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.

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 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 H210: 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

DHP H203: 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, whaling, mineral and energy 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. (Planned Spring 2014)

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