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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 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.

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, 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.

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 and discussing films and radio reports by Sybille Seitz (RBB)
  • – 1,500 word essay + Presentation about a related question/field
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