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NAB1028 Cooperation, organisation and culture at sea

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

Introduction to basic knowledge about what is needed in order to establish and maintain fruitful cooperation on board the ship and between the ship and other actors

Attending lectures is essential to acheive the learning outcomes for this course.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge. Upon completion of the course students have:

  • Solid knowledge about how social organisations are structured; the elements they cosnist of and how these elements are related.
  • Broad knowlege about different theories that define, identify and describe organisations in different ways.
  • Solid knowledge about the difference between the instrumental tasks that the organisation is a tool (a means) to achieve and the organisational tasks that must be solved to make the organisation a good tool.
  • Broad knowledge about what organisational tasks must be solved in order for the organisation to work well.
  • Broad knowledge about what the concept culture refers to and the various ways the concept is used in the literature about organisations
  • Broad knowledge about how certain types of interactions lead to high levels of communal well-being, mutual support, trust and respect, high safety levels and efficiency, whereas other types of interactions lead to poor well-being, distrust and contempt, low levels of safety and inefficiency.
  • Broad knowledge about how different individuals may have different ideas about the goals an organisations is supposed to work towards, the tasks it should solve, how the tasks should be distributed in space and time, how the responsibility should be distributed etc.
  • Solid knowledge About the relationship between individual and organisation and
    • how different individuals fulfill their organisational roles in different ways
    • that individuals choose to continue being members of an organisation based on a calculation of whether the cost of organization is greater or lesser than the profit of doing so.
  • Broad knowledge about how members of an organisation may experience conflicts between their role in this and other organisation, or between their identity within one organisation and identities outside the organisation
  • Knowledge bout differences between formal and informal organisational structures and processes
  • Broad knowledge about the particular organisational and interpersonal challenges that can found at sea.

Skills: Upon completion of the course students are able to apply the above knowledge:

  • In order to describe specific organisations
  • In order to analyse specific organisations and propose reasonable hypothesis about the factors and process that contribute to how and why the organisation works well or not.
  • To discuss the hypothesis proposed.
  • To reflect on their own use of this knowledge and to adjust their own behaviour and ways of cooperating based on such reflection.

Competence. Upon completion of the course students are able to contribute to:

  • That the organisations they are part of work well
  • More effective cooperation, friendly and inclusive dialogs and a happy ship.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures, group work, written portfolio assignements,

Attending lectures is essential to acheive the learning outcomes for this course

Compulsory learning activities

Two mandatory assignments. Both are group work. The first assignment must be handed in at the end of the first lecture. The second is an oral performance presencted at specific seminar. All task will be specified in the beginning of the semester.

The manadatory assingments are closely linked with the portfolio assignments, and all these assignemnts change from year to years. Consequently the mandatory assignments are only valid for the year they are done. 


Portfolio with 3 separate assignments

Students who fail one or more of the assignments will not be given the opportunity to resit the exam until next time the course is offered. As all the obligatory and portfolio tasks are changed from one year to the next studetns will not have the opportunity to only resit individual portfolio assignments.  

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