URP 523 The Politics of Water

Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah

Governing the water commons in the 21 Century remains critical for both developed and developing countries. From Flint, Michigan, to rural areas in Tanzania, it is becoming self-evident that we are yet to fully understand and develop fitting institutional mechanisms for sustainable human(social)-water(ecological) interactions. This seminar course provides students with an understanding of the human-water interrelationships from a governance perspective. The course focuses on  introducing students to thematic issues such as socio-ecological system (SES) frameworks; water governance models; local, national, and global institutional arrangements for water management; theories of water law and legal frameworks; water conflicts; food-energy-water nexus; water and land use planning nexus; water-sanitation-health nexus; and climate change-water nexus. Even though this course focuses on water politics in the U.S., the course readings draw from case studies and examples globally. The course employs several instructional methods (e.g. crossword puzzles, kahoot games, lectures, documentary videos, etc.) to help students delve deeper into critical challenges facing one of earth’s essential resource, WATER. The course is appropriate for seniors and graduate students interested in local, national, and global water governance issues