Selected Course Offerings

Course Descriptions

DHP H202 Maritime History
A study of world history over the past 500 years from a salt-water perspective. The course will examine the ocean as source, avenue, and arena, analyzing major themes such as the impact of changing technologies and modes of warfare, evolving patterns of trade, and differing cultural perceptions. The format will be lecture, with some discussion.
Fall Semester

DHP H203 Issues in Maritime Affairs
A study of uses of the ocean cutting across disciplines, including – but not only – the anthropological, economic, environmental, geographic, and strategic. We may consider key regions, cities, and chokepoints, and examine such matters as territorial disputes, marine disasters, piracy, whaling, mineral and energy extraction, and mariculture among others in an attempt to develop an overall view of the challenges and opportunities offered by 71% of the planet. The course is in seminar format, emphasizing discussion and student research. Open to students who have completed DHP H202.
Fall Semester


A Representative List of Some Other Relevant Fletcher Courses
ILO L203 Seminar on the Origins and Development of International Law
ILO L205 Seminar on Law of the Sea
ILO L223 Seminar on International Environmental Law
DHP P208 Seminar on Geography, Foreign Policy, and World Order
DHP P215 Seminar on Identity, Nationalism, and Sovereignty
DHP P249 Seminar on Security Planning and Policy Analysis
DHP P251 International Environmental Negotiation
DHP P254 Energy Policy in an International Context
DHP P282 Diasporas: Ethno-National Networks
EIB B284 Petroleum in the Global Economy
EIB E215M Empirical Topics in Globalization

In addition there are many regional courses, e.g.
DHP D260 Southwest Asia: History, Culture, and Politics
DHP D270 Sino-U.S. Relations Since 1900
or, at Harvard:
History 1895 The Indian Ocean in
Comparative Perspective