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perspectives on the marine environment

Sunrise at Virginia Beach

EVSC 4559 - Perspectives on the marine environment

3 credits

More than half the population of the United States lives within fifty miles of the ocean; few will ever experience the sea from beneath its surface or beyond the sight of land.  Much of what people know, or think they know, about the ocean is what they have seen on television and film screens.  This class will explore portrayals of the sea as alternately mysterious and familiar, bountiful and endangered, vengeful and beneficent, in both fiction and documentary genres. We will critically examine how these portrayals compare with scientific knowledge and the history of ocean exploration. From Jaws and Shark Week to Whale Wars, and Jacques Cousteau to Steve Zissou, our connection to the single most dominant feature of our planet is shaped by media.  What are we learning and how does it matter?

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Students Study the Silver Screen and the Deep Blue Sea

Course Dates:

May 19 - May 30, 2014


10:00AM to 12:00PM
and 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Course Costs

Virginia Resident

Tuition $334 per Credit
Summer Fee  
Virginia Resident Total

Non Virginia Resident

Tuition $1,176.00 per Credit
Summer Fee  
Non-Virginia Total Costs


Macko Stephen, Professor of Environmental Studies