Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration
PADM-5672: The Politics and the Policy of Water
Description: The world’s finite water resources are expected to meet the needs of a population of 9 Billion by 2050, a rapidly expanding, integrated global economy, the provision of essential ecological services and to do so during a period of unprecedented change in the climate. There is a growing realization that the traditional approaches to the management of water resources are outdated and unlikely to meet these challenges at the local, regional or global level. So what combination of approaches and policies is most likely to meet the needs?
This is the setting for this new course and the exploration of the political and policy issues that we face. We will look at the way the management of water resources has evolved over time and how current thinking is trying to learn lessons from the past but adapt to new knowledge, technologies and ecological, social and economic imperatives The emphasis will be on the situation in Canada but with over 80% of the Canadian population living in international waterways a Continental and a global context is essential for understanding the issues.
The course emphasizes a practical approach and to that end will reflect upon how the same political or policy goal may be approached by both less interventionist and more interventionist governments.
A series of expert guest speakers will make presentations and engage the students on key topics.
Faculty: Robert Slater (Winter 2013)
Source: Syllabus downloaded from http://carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2013-winter-course-outlines/ (accessed 7 January 2014)