1. Topics. There will be two session of 75 minutes each week. We will cover a separate topic in each. The tentative schedule of topics is listed in the "Syllabus" section of this document.
2. Workbin. A workbin folder will be created for each topic. The readings for that topic will be uploaded into the workbin folder. A Lesson Plan listing the readings for each topic as well as study questions and discussion questions will be uploaded into the same folder. For some topics I will also upload PowerPoint presentations into the Workbin so that you have an overview of the topic before you begin your readings. Discussion Problems may be issued for some topics. I will also upload newspaper articles on current topics of law of the sea into a special workbin folder. 1982 UNCLOS and other basic documents have been uploaded into a separate workbin folder entitled Basic Documents. Students should find these documents very useful to work with as each document has a table of contents with a link to the text in the main document.
3. Required Readings. Most of the required readings for each topic will be will uploaded as a single file into the Workbin Folder for that topic on the IVLE. The required reading for each topic will be 20-25 pages. No additional readings will be expected or required. However, supplementary readings will be uploaded for some topics for those who wish to examine the topic in more depth.
4. Mode of Teaching. Each class will be an interactive discussion class. All students in the class are expected to read the materials and to participate in the discussion. The discussion in class will be pitched at a level which assumes that everyone in the class has read the materials and thought about the issues for discussion. Students who have not done the readings will find it extremely difficult to follow the discussion. Because I have travel commitments during the semester, several of the classes will be taught by my teaching assistants, Tara Davenport and Leo Bernard.
5. Groups. Depending upon the number of students, the class may be divided into groups. If so, each group will be expected to lead the discussion for 2-3 topics beginning in week 2. They will also be expected to raise questions during the discussion.
6. Class attendance . Attendance in class is considered compulsory. Every student is expected ss to attend every class and to be prepared for every class. To make it easier to take attendance, you will be asked to choose a seat during the first class and to sit in that same seat for every class. A name plate with your name will be placed on your assigned seat for each class. If for you are not able to attend a particular a class because of extenuating circumstances, you are expected to notify me in advance via email and give reasons for your absence. If you are unable to do the readings for a particular class because of extenuating circumstances, you are also expected to notify me in advance via email and give reasons why you were not able to prepare.
7. Supplementary Reading. Some students find it helpful to also refer to a textbook. The most useful texts on law of the sea is R R Churchill and A V Lowe, The Law of the Sea (3rd ed., 1999, Manchester University Press). However, the text by Don Rothwell and Tim Stephens is much more recent. When analysing particular articles in UNCLOS, the mulit-volume commentary is very helpful. The two texts and the commentary series should be available on two-hour reserve (red spot). Other useful texts are listed under Texts and Readings.
8. Links to Web sites. The most important web sites dealing with law of the sea issues are listed on the IVLE page for the course. This should prove useful for further reading. I will also issues a research guide for LOS issues for use in doing the assignment.
9. Use of IVLE. I will use the IVLE to make announcements concerning the course, especially if there is a need to deviate from the assigned lesson plan, etc. Therefore, students are expected to check their email and the IVLE announcements regularly.