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Who Owns the Sea?

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 13:45
Grade Level: 6-12+
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English | Italian

Do you treat common spaces the same as you treat your own property?

The oceans and seas that cover 70% of the planet contain critical resources, like fish and oil, that contribute to nations' economies and well-being.

The waterways are important to national security as well.

But how do you put boundaries on something constantly in motion? What happens to countries with no coastline? Can they partake of the ocean's bounty?

What happens when nations fight over liquid property rights?

Subject Areas


Science & Technology

World History / Geography




Property Rights

Rule of Law

Unintended Consequences




Freedom of Navigation

Military History

Ocean & Seas

South China Sea

U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea

U.S. Navy

Opened the students' eyes to world economic and security issues and created a lot of discussion and critical thinking among class members.

William Feaver
Fresno, CA

Fit so well into our discussions on global trade and a great explanation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Richard Donka
Portland, TX

Used in an American Problems course to begin a study into the U.S. role overseas and a side note on the effectiveness of UN actions.

Will Sankey
Honolulu, HI

It goes great with economics and geography.

Barbara Henry
Judsonia, AR

This is a timely video. It was a good hook in a class discussion in my Current Events class.

Royce Albert
Steilacoom, WA

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