Water Conflict Management and Transformation Graduate Minor

Graduate Areas of Concentration

Water conflict management and transformation

The graduate minor in Water Conflict Management and Transformation is designed to accommodate the needs of professionals and graduate students. It offers an integrative approach that explicitly integrates human and policy dimensions of water resources within the framework of scientific and technological solutions. The graduate minor is a flexible, coherent program that offers critical and underemphasized skills essential to preventing and resolving water conflicts. It helps facilitate dialogue on critical water issues across diverse values and perspectives, and it serves OSU students, citizens and officials in Oregon, 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: water governance, water and ecosystems, water and society, and water and economics. Each theme incorporates several topics critical to understanding water conflicts. A highlight of the minor is the capstone course coupled with an intersession practicum working with watershed councils, landowners, and agencies in Northeast Oregon; and a guided and critiqued project in which two teams take on, for example, the roles of Jordan and Israel to negotiate a treaty for water resource allocation in a simulated water negotiation. These techniques will hone student skills, understanding and thought development. Students will also take part in fieldwork in a watershed or basin at risk of, or in, water conflict.

Through this minor, students will learn about and practice conflict transformation skills, explore what new institutional networks and relationships are needed, and how these can be achieved through role-playing, in-class exercises, and guest lectures. Students will also be introduced to leadership skills for guiding this type of change.

Contact Lynette de Silva, 541-737-7013, desilval@geo.oregonstate.edu, for additional information.

All students seeking a graduate minor 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 percent graduate stand-alone courses. The remaining credits may be the 500-component of 400/500 slash courses.

Capstone Course Work
Select 3 credits of the following:3
BARGAINING AND NEGOTIATION PROCESSES
COMMUNICATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND DISPUTES
WATER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION
Capstone Practicum/Internship
Select one of the following:3
PRACTICUM
INTERNSHIP
Water Governance
Select one of the following:3
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
THEORIES OF CONFLICT AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
NATURAL RESOURCE POLICY AND LAW
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND LAW INTERACTIONS
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
INTERNATIONAL WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
SPECIAL TOPICS (Oregon Water Law and Policy)
Water and Society
Select one of the following:3-4
NATURAL RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY VALUES
FATE AND TRANSPORT OF CHEMICALS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
AQUATIC CHEMISTRY: NATURAL AND ENGINEERED SYSTEMS
GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION
SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
CONSENSUS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
RESILIENCE-BASED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES
ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY AND HEALTH SEMINAR
CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF INTERNATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
INTERNATIONAL HEALTH
WATER AND HUMAN HEALTH
AIR QUALITY AND HUMAN HEALTH
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
WORLD VIEWS AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES
WORLD VIEWS AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
SOCIAL ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCIETY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SOCIOTECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF WATER RESOURCES
Water and Ecosystems
Select one of the following:3-4
PHYSICAL HYDROLOGY
NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL
WATERSHED PROCESSES
FOREST HYDROLOGY
COASTAL ECOLOGY AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
WETLANDS AND RIPARIAN ECOLOGY
SNOW HYDROLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES
ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
APPLIED FIELD PROBLEMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF HYDROLOGY
Water and Economics
Select one of the following:3
READING AND CONFERENCE
SEMINAR
ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
APPLICATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL WATER TRANSACTIONS
SPECIAL TOPICS (The Business of Water)
Total Hours18-20

Minor Code: 1006