• 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 Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
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This is an intensive course and classes will be held on June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 from 9:00am - 4:00pm with the online offering commencing 5 Mar.

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:

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

1.  Understand the technical challenges and political/ethical issues involved in managing modified hydrological systems under development and climate change pressures.

2. Analyse the water related dimensions of related policy spheres such as energy, food production, industrial development, transport etc.

3. Evaluate characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of a range of academic disciplines in their treatment of water related issues.

4. Work in a participatory seminar based educational environment.

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5743 05 Jun 2018 05 Jun 2018 15 Jun 2018 21 Jul 2018 In Person N/A
5744 19 Feb 2018 09 Mar 2018 06 Apr 2018 18 May 2018 Online N/A

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