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Water Conflict Management and Transformation Graduate Certificate (CERT)

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Lynette de Silva, Director
Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation
Oregon State University
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
256 Wilkinson Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-7013
Fax: 541-737-1200
Email: desilval@geo.oregonstate.edu
Web: http://www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu/

The graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation is an 18-credit interdisciplinary program. It is designed to provide graduate students, non-degree students, water professionals and decision-makers with the required specialized resources and skills to address the water demands and challenges of the 21st Century, in Oregon, across the United States and internationally.

The curriculum centers around case-based, interactive course and field work to provide an in-depth look at water conflict, conflict transformation, and prevention issues and strategies across four distinct and overlapping themes:

Each theme incorporates several topics critical to understanding water conflicts.



The curriculum for the graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation is as follows:

Capstone Course Work (3 credits required)

COMM 442/COMM 542. Bargaining and Negotiation Processes (3)
COMM 446/COMM 546. Communication in International Conflict and Disputes (3)
WRP 599. Special Topic: Water Governance and Conflict Management (3)

Capstone Practicum/Internship (3 credits required)

WRP 509. Practicum (3)
WRP 510. Internship (3)

Water Governance (3 credits required)

AREC 432/AREC 532. Environmental Law (4)
COMM 440/COMM 540. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
FOR 462/FOR 562. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FOR 463/FOR 563. Environmental Policy and Law Interactions (3)
GEO 424/GEO 524. International Water Resources Management (3)
GEO 425/GEO 525. Water Resources Management in the U.S. (3)
PS 454/PS 554. International Law and Organizations (4)
PS 475/PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

Water and Society (3 credits required)

ANS/FES/FW/SOC 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ANTH 477/ANTH 577. Ecological Anthropology (4)
ANTH 481/ANTH 581. Natural Resources and Community Values (3)
CE 548. Water Quality Dynamics (3)
ENVE 456/ENVE 556. Sustainable Water Resources Development (3)
ENVE 531. Fate and Transport of Chemicals in Environmental Systems (4)
ENVE 532. Aquatic Chemistry: Natural and Engineered Systems (4)
ENVE 554. Groundwater Remediation (4)
FE 535 Water Quality and Forest Land Use (3)
GEO 420/GEO 520. Geography of Resource Use (3)
H 427/H 527. Case Studies in International Health (3)
H 429/H 529. International Health (3)
H 512. Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (3)
H 514. Environment, Safety and Health Seminar (1)
H 528. Global Health Issues (3)
H 540. Water and Human Health I (3)
H 541. Air Quality and Human Health (3)
PHL 440/PHL 540 Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 443/PHL 543. World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
SOC 481/SOC 581. Society and Natural Resources (4)
SOC 580. Environmental Sociology (4)

Water and Ecosystems (3 credits required)

BEE 458/BEE 558. Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control (3)
BEE 512. Physical Hydrology (3)
FE 430/FE 530. Watershed Processes (4)
FE 532. Forest Hydrology (4)
FE 537. Hillslope and Watershed Hydrology (4)
FE 538. Field Hydrology (3)
FW 426/FW 526. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5)
FW 479/FW 579. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
GEO 582. Geomorphology of Forests and Streams (3)
GEO 583. Snow Hydrology (3)

Water and Economics (3 credits required)

AREC 505. Reading and Conference (3)
   or AREC 507. Seminar (3)
AREC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
AREC 543. International Trade (4)
AREC 550. Environmental Economics (3)
AREC 551. Applications of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4)

Total=18


Advisor guidance and approval is required for each student’s certificate program of study. All students seeking a graduate certificate are subject to all general policies governing the courses for the master’s degree. As such, these students will be required to take a minimum of 50% graduate stand-alone courses. The remaining credits may be the 500 component of 400/500 slash courses.

Non-degree students, and those requiring additional information and advising should contact Lynette de Silva at desilval@geo.oregonstate.edu.



Major Code: CG06

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