Ocean College

Pathways

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)
Economics Path
Economics Path
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...
Science Path
Science Path
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,...
Nature Path
Nature Path
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...
Media Path
Media Path
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...