HWR203 - Arizona Water Issues

Jim Washburne

Univ. of Arizona
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


Students will research and discuss a wide range of topics related to the use and misuse of water throughout Arizona. Some of the fundamental tools for studying water will be used to examine questions ranging from water supply, to water quality, to water conservation. The course will have a very practical orientation, with material designed not only to introduce the student to basic hydrologic principles but to help understand and deal with water-related issues after graduation.

Course Size:

Course Context:

This is a required "tier II" "Natural Science" general education course for non-science major undergraduates. The only pre-requisite is a "tier I" Natural Science course. This course has no lab and is not a pre-requisite for any higher level course.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to:
- place public water issues into a regional context and analyze new situations based on a critical review of important cases and in terms of each water stakeholder's needs.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

These goals will be achieved using a series of case history readings, classroom discussions and group projects. Assessment will include homework assignments, short papers and group projects.

Skills Goals

General skills that will be developed include:
- critical reading
- understanding issues from multiple points of view.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students will get plenty of practice working on these skills and they will be evaluated in terms of how these elements are included in graded assignments and class discussions.

Attitudinal Goals

Attitudinal goals include:
- asking questions
- placing issues in a broader context


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