Highlights of this Course
It is often said that "water is the new oil." Indeed, water promises to be the resource that determines many countries' wealth, welfare, and stability in the 21st century. The nature of water as a resource is changing. Water resources are increasingly over-used, water quality is sub-optimal, and ecological integrity is excessively taxed. Such tensions are exacerbated at dynamic political, physical, cultural, and economic boundaries. A changing world requires a changing education. This interdisciplinary seminar -- co-taught by faculty from Engineering, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy -- is designed to encourage students to think across boundaries, emphasize knowledge integration, and link information to action. The goal is to combine multiple perspectives in order to explore solutions to water conflicts and the negotiations required to achieve those solutions. The seminar will emphasize collaborative learning opportunities, co-teaching of classes by students and faculty, and integrative activities that span disciplinary, physical, and political boundaries. Students will collectively produce a state-of-knowledge "white paper" and contemporary water related "case studies" that will be disseminated to a global audience and revised by future students and faculty. We envision these case studies to form the basis of a global community of water professionals to interact and learn from each other through our collaborative network we call AQUAPEDIA.
The overarching aim of this seminar is to prepare a
new generation of interdisciplinary water professionals who will think across
boundaries, emphasize integration of knowledge, link knowledge and action from
multiple perspectives to help reduce water conflicts and increase the
distribution of benefits among partners through mutual gains negotiations.
Rather than start at the disciplinary level, students will begin by defining
the issues and problems of water use and management from multiple perspectives.
They will learn "systems thinking" and apply effective combination of
analytical tools from appropriate disciplines to develop possible
solutions.We have four goals within the
framework of a carefully integrated set of activities to achieve our aim. They
Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.