Exploring Our Ocean Course - University of Southampton FutureLearn
Explore half of our planet covered by the deep ocean and discover how our lives impact the ocean depths and marine life.
Protect our blue planet and the deep sea creatures we share it with
Would you like to become an ocean explorer and investigate the underwater world existing on our planet? This 4-week course from the University of Southampton will introduce you to the ocean’s wonders.
Discover how our everyday lives are connected to the ocean depths, and learn about the challenges and opportunities that this hidden realm holds for our future.
Map the ocean floor
Understand the history of ocean exploration and start to think beyond the surface and shores. We’ll uncover the real face of our planet and learn how researchers are continuing to discover this vastly unknown entity.
You’ll learn about the beginnings of oceanography as science and explore a recently mapped section of the seafloor. Moving on to the ocean’s composition, we’ll be thinking about ocean currents, sea temperatures and the enormous quantity of salt in the ocean.
Explore marine life such as the coral reef
In your third week, you’ll find out just how vast and varied marine life is. From the coast to polar environments and the alien world of the ocean’s depths, you’ll discover how life adapts to different habitats.
Glimpse into the diversity of life in the oceans and investigate seagrasses and coral reefs. You’ll learn how whales can be indicators of ocean health and meet creatures lurking in the darkest waters.
Understand how human behaviour impacts our oceans
Finally, we’ll think about the ocean’s future. Gain an understanding of the impact human behaviour has on the sea, including the use of single-use plastics and microbeads.
You’ll learn about the resources available to us on the ocean floor and think about current legislation surrounding the ocean. How can we protect our waters and ultimately save the ocean and its inhabitants?
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
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Who will you learn with?
Lead Educator: Ocean explorer, educator, Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.
Who developed the course?
University of Southampton
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