• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel Connell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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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. Hydrological systems on most continents are under severe pressure from economic growth and climate change and the crisis will intensify as a result of population increase, rising levels of individual consumption and inadequacies in the governance systems that determine who will benefit and who will pay the costs of competing agendas. A workshop approach will be used to maximise the active involvement of students. Each week a document that has been selected to highlight significant issues will be examined in detail. Assignments will be designed to encourage students to study the key document before the class discussion (either on-campus or online). 

The document analysis will be supplemented by case studies chosen to reveal a wide range of water conflict situations. The case studies will examine issues such as acid mine drainage in South Africa, arsenic in groundwater in Bangladesh, the politics of cross border rivers such as the Mississippi, Rhine, Indus, Nile, Yellow, Colorado and Murray-Darling, unsustainable levels of extraction in the vast groundwater systems of the central United States and northern India and China, the political and bio-physical dynamics of large deltas such as the Mekong, Ganges and Yangtze, disputes about the building and operation of large dams, the impacts of transformative and disruptive technologies, environmental sustainability (what is it?), public participation, NGOs (international and national) the roles of national governments, international organizations such as the World Bank, gender issues, water markets, environmental refugees, climate change adaptation, international relations related to water, multi-level water governance,  and different approaches to defining water security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Course participants will develop:

  1. an understanding of the wide range of issues involved in the world water crisis
  2. 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.
  3. workshop techniques that assist with the investigation of complex ideas related to water conflicts and management, and
  4. inter-disciplinary research skills relevant to the writing of an essay on a topic of their choice.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9672 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A
9674 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 Online N/A

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