Each student chooses their own PATHWAY for the Ocean College journey. They can pick one of four topics: economics, science, nature and media. Within these topics they will explore a core question, focussing on a pressing issue from the field.
Experts will help them answer these questions and take the students with them into the importance, interest and challenges of their area of expertise. They will work with the students over several weeks, organised into lessons and project work. Afterwards, the students take their new knowledge and apply it to real world scenarios with local partners.
At the end of the journey each student will receive a reference letter by their expert, along with their final certificate. This will open doors to internships and helps with university applications.
The PATHWAYS contain:
- Work with an expert from the respective field
- A collective project with the students on the ship
- A presentation in front of the whole group
- An essay (1,500-2,000 words) about a question raised during the pathway
- Preliminary reading (Articles, books, papers)
How does our economy work? What impact do tariffs have? Is global trade fair? In this pathway, you will get a basic understanding of the different schools of economics. Starting with the history of economics, from Adam Smith to Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes, you will learn how and why economies function the way they do.
Students will learn why the value of the chocolate they bring from home will increase while they cross the Atlantic and how Costa Rican farmers calculate the prices for their coffee. They will also conduct a World Trading Game with the whole group and will come to understand the difference between the economic system on Cuba and Europe.
This pathway will be taught and led by Johannes Borchert, one of the founders of Ocean College. Johannes studied International Wine Business before working for the Swedish government with sustainable supply chain management and fair trade. This year, he studies at the London School of Economics while working on Ocean College.
What impact does micro plastic pollution have on maritime ecosystems and organisms? What is ocean acidification? Which methods do researchers use to get to new insights? The science path gives our participants the tools and knowledge to actually understand their home of choice: the ocean.
During the long Atlantic crossing, we will immerse ourselves into the topic of marine biology. We will analyse water samples to determine their micro plastic content with strict academic discipline. We will dissect and examine fish, clean a beach in the Caribbean and explore the flora and fauna of several maritime ecosystems.
Our expert for this path is Dr. Rüdiger Stöhr, who currently works for the NGO One Earth – One Ocean in Northern Germany. Rüdiger is a microbiologist and teaches biotechnology and biology in Neumünster. During his career, he researched bacteria that live in hot springs and maritime microorganisms and fungi.
How do humans influence the biosphere and specifically forests? What kinds of agriculture exist? How exactly does reforestation of destroyed rainforests work? How do indigenous people see nature and what role does nature take in their culture and religion? In the Nature Path we look at ecosystems, their flora and fauna as well as agriculture and forestry.
The participants of this path will visit several different farmers, grow mushrooms on the ship, will analyse soil and climate of Costa-Rican rainforests and will get an introduction into permaculture. For this path we do not work with an expert on board the ship, but the students will visit the project PlanetOneWorld in the South-East of Costa Rica.
This project was established 17 years ago by Ken Tiemann to protect the rainforest and provide organic fruit and vegetables for his family and the indigenous people, called the Bri Bri. The students will also build a religious conical house from organic materials with the Bri Bri and be part of the consecration ceremony.
With Sybille Seitz (Radio Berlin-Brandenburg)
- – Introduction to journalism, pictorial & sound design and cutting/editing
- – Producing short films and other content for our social media channels and website
- – Writing and producing a movie about our journey
Additional course assignments:
- – Book: Journalism for Dummies, Henriette Löwisch
- – Watching and discussing films and radio reports by Sybille Seitz (RBB)
- – 1,500 word essay + Presentation about a related question/field