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The Sea, Introductory Course

Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet’s surface, yet they are scarcely known.


The course offers an introduction to different circulation patterns, sediment types, environments and organisms in the World oceans and seas. Included is a field trip with Stockholm University's Research Vessel (RV) Electra to demonstrate geophysical mapping as well geologic (sediment) and oceanographic (water) sampling. Since this field trip will take place in the Baltic Sea, a deeper insight into the oceanographic, sedimentological and ecological conditions in the Baltic Sea will be provided during the course.

iconField trip with Research Vessel Electra

Fall term 20 | The course is planned to be carried out through lectures given on campus, which at the same time are filmed so that they can be viewed over internet off campus. Some lectures may be given entirely through the web. Exercises that depend on infrastructure, such as labs on campus, as well as the field moment with the Research Vessel Electra are planned to be carried out with smaller groups to allow for physical distancing.

  • Course structure


    Is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:
    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Fx = Insufficient
    F = Entirely insufficient

    The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Authors: Trujillo & Thurman, 2013
    Essentials of Oceanography
    Pearson New International Edition, 11th Edition
    ISBN-10 1-292-04978-2, ISBN-13 978-1-292-04978-6, e-book
    ISBN-10 1-292-04100-5, ISBN-13 978-1-292-04100-1, print
    Warning: Make sure to buy the international edition. The US/Canadian version will cost twice as much for the same information!
    Earlier versions of the book can also be used.

    Course policies HT18 (71 Kb)

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Martin JakobssonProfessor of Marine geology and geophysics
    Martin Jakobsson
    +46 (0)8 16 47 19 | Room: R209