- Code EMDV8079
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Daniel Connell
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2016
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The world’s hydrological systems are under severe pressure from economic growth and climate change. The water crisis will intensify in coming decades as a result of population increase, rising levels of individual consumption and the political processes and governance failures that determine who will benefit most and who will pay the costs of competition and conflict. Participants in this course will gain an overview of the range of controversies involved in the world’s water conflicts and acquire a good understanding of a particular issue that they choose to research in depth. Subjects will include multi-level water governance, disputes about the building and operation of large dams, environmental sustainability, public participation, NGOs (international and national) the roles of donor governments and international organizations such as the World Bank, systems of water law, water markets, environmental refugees, climate change adaptation, international relations and different approaches to defining water security.
To place issues in a context and show how they compound and interact together each week will start by examining a particular hydrological system. The examples featured have been chosen to illustrate a wide variety of contested situations. Conflicts take many forms but problems with governance is a central theme. The Rhine, Colorado, Danube, Nile, Jordan, Euphrates, the Aral Sea, Ganges, Amazon, Yangtze, Mekong and Murray-Darling river systems as well as the vast groundwater basins of northern India, China and the high plains of the United States, are just a few examples of hydrological systems in decline because of poor governance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Course participants will develop:
- an understanding of the wide range of issues involved in the world water crisis
- skills that can be used to analyse different knowledge sources relevant to water conflicts ranging from academic and official documents to films and online material.
- workshop techniques that assist with the investigation of complex ideas related to water conflicts and management, and
- inter-disciplinary research skills relevant to the writing of an essay on a topic of their choice.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3522||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|
|4741||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||Online||N/A|