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Information Letter 1 (May 27, 2002)

Attached files (click on the attached files to open):
- Lit.Old.doc: literature
- Comments.doc: commentary on literature
- Figure.doc: course calendar/model
- Figure.PDF: course calendar/model (Acrobat file)
(the two files Figure. are similar)

Dear students, or ”participants” as you ar called on the WWW-site.

This is the first ”Letter of Information” you will receive from us as organizers.
This letter will comment on some of the items you have received in the post. You will receive a min. of one such letter per month. When a new letter is placed on the WWW
-server you will be warned automatically by an e-mail.

(1) The video starts with the course coordinator walking down a road wishing you welcome and waving his arms hastily towards the North Sea in the distance (!)
(2) We then move inside to a short presentation of the course calendar (on the white board). Mind you, at the time the video was made we had not been informed about you going to Norway in late August! We are nevertheless delighted at the possiblity of seeing you here. Endre Elvestad is particularly keen on showing you the Avaldnes area (half way between Bergen and Stavanger). This area will indicate several of the choices one has to make when opening coastal areas of cultural importance to the public.
(3) After the presentation of the course calendar we move to the coordinator’s office to have a quick look at the WWW site.
(4) We then leave the university area and go to downtown Stavanger to meet Endre Elvestad at the Stavanger Maritime Museum. Mr. Elvestad presents the literature he has taken out for you, and he comments on activities at the museum..

(1) The literature chosen is approx. 300 pages taken from several articles that we think might be useful for you in your role as future coastal zone managers. We regret that it has not been possible to find just one or two books, and that we have been forced to go to so many sources. Although the articles chosen have a concentration on medieval times the authors discuss the present day use of artifacts and memorials. Similarly the insight into modern excavation methods used by archeologists in coastal areas should hopefully be of valuae to you in the future.
(2) The literature is organised in three broad areas, and within these areas into more detailed themes. The first ”area” is the long time view covering 1500 years of North Sea history and culture. The second area is Medieval time including the Vikings and Frisians, and ending with the rise and fall of the Hanseatic League. This second broad area is subdivided into ”Harbours, landscape and trade”, ”Ships and technology” and ”Lighthouses and Seamarks”. The third and final area covers mainly the period 1800 – 2000. This is subdivided into the following: ”Fishing”, ”Ships and Trade”, ”Gender”, and ”Habours”.
(3) How should the literature be studied? We will naturally not expect you to know all this literature in great detail. Depending on what you decide to write about (written assignments) you will go deeper into some of the articles whereas others will only serve as a general background. Our advice will therefore be to read through it all without getting into despair of details. Then, when the next Letter of Information will offer you questions to discuss, you will start concentrating your work on some of the articles and let the others (articles) be of less importance to you.

(1) You will be asked to do three assignments. Two of these will be fairly short (2 - 3 pages long: max. 1500 words). The third assignment will be longer (4,5 - 6 pages long: max: 3000 words). The two short assignments will be taken directly from your work with literature, and you are free to choose from the various questions we will offer you. The longer assignment will in addition to literature be expected to touch upon more practical issues raised in lectures or excursions, either in Avaldnes (late August) or in Oldenburg (late October). You should feel free to think about your role in coastal management, and to discuss with relevance to today’s situation.
(2) There will be two workshops on how to do these assignments (Avaldsnes and Oldenburg). You are naturally free to ask for advice any time about this.
After the Oldenburg gathering in late October there will be a period of three weeks to finish the written work. You will use the tools at WWW-site when you do the assigments.

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