INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR678 TRANSBOUNDARY WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Course Code: 3140678
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. AYŞEGÜL KİBAROĞLU
Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

Water is a vital resource to many levels of human survival for which there is no substitute, it ignores political boundaries, fluctuates in both space and time, and has multiple and conflicting demands on its use. In the past hundred years, the world population is tripled while the demand for water has increased seven-fold. The problems facing arid and semiarid regions of the world with respect to the availability of the sufficient good quality freshwater have been highlighted during the twentieth century. The debate has been inconclusive. Hence this independent study aims to introduce the students with the evolving water management paradigms and elaborate on how these dialogues culminated in defining the integrated water resources management as the key approach for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Course Content

Water is a vital resource to many levels of human survival for which there is no substitute; it ignores political boundaries, fluctuates in both space and time, and has multiple and conflicting demands on its use. In the past hundred years, the world population tripled while the demand for water has increased seven-fold. The problems facing arid and semi-arid regions of the world with respect to the availability of the sufficient good quality freshwater have been highlighted during the 20th century.The debate has been inconclusive. Hence this independent study aims to introduce the students with the evolving water management paradigms and eloborate on how these dialogues culminated in defining the "integrated water resources management" as the key approach for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Learning Outcomes

Depletion and degradation of water resources due to the growing mismatch between supply and demand constitute one of the critical changes in environment which may end up with economic decline and political instability at intrastate and interstate level. This course introduces this global phenomenon to the international relations students that may enable them to comprehend the politics of natural resources management particularly at interstate level. Moreover, an interdisciplinary approach is adopted in instruction in line with the understanding that water is intimately linked to the socioeconomic development as well as legal principles and procedures.