Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Frederick M. Lorenz
JSIS 578
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

As the amount of available fresh water in the world decreases in quality and quantity, development and protection of this critical resource becomes a matter of international security. In the Middle East, fresh water is likely to become more important than oil. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach, beginning with an overview of the scientific and hydrological factors that are critical to understanding the subject. By studying three major river basins in the Middle East, students will explore the historic, geographic, political, environmental and legal factors that lead to conflict or cooperation. Contested claims over surface and underground water resources permeate all other concerns about ideology, national security, economic and social well-being, and international politics. This course will also explore the strategies to improve water management by tracking, anticipating, and responding to climate change.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will be assigned roles in water negotiations for one of the three river basins; they will be expected to represent the interests of their nation or organization to achieve the best result.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Two short papers, one final/longer paper. Class participation very important.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/22/2013