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DAFF 2140A - Water : a contemporary issue

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Interest in law and social sciences Basic knowledge of international law Iinterest in multidisciplinar approach to political sciences Basic knowledge of european union institutions functioning Basic knowledge of human rights law

Course Description

Main aim of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary overview about a contemporary crucial issue such as WATER. It will be developed following three main approaches (legal, political and social) and offering the possibility to deep into the topic through a multiple range of methodologies. A set of subjects will be covered combining teaching activities with seminars during each class, with the exception of the first three whose goal would be of introducing the topic. Indeed the fundamental idea is to present the combination of law, policy and social sciences (namely social anthropology and sociology) as a interpretative key towards water issues. Therefore we will deal with the recognition of water as a human right, with international law and policies, with European policies in the field of water as well as with the discourse about the commons, the issues of privatisation vs remunicipalisation and eventually with the role of social movements and local traditions in water policies.


CANGELOSI, Elisabetta (Consult on Women's Land Rights and Gender Justice. Liase with Civil Society Organisations.)

Course validation

Paper submissimion+ workshop presentations

Required reading

  • Bakker, K., Privatizing water:Bakker, K., Privatizing water: governance failure and the world's urban water crises, Cornell University
  • Press, Ithaca-London 2010 - Beach H. (et al.), Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Resolution, United Nations University
  • Press, Tokyo-Press, Tokyo-Grover, V. I. (ed.), Water: global common and global problems, Science Publ., Enfield (N.H), 2006
  • Schneier-Madanes G. (ed.), L'eau mondialisée, La Découverte, Paris, 2010 (English edition available soon)
  • Uribe N.(ed.), The Human Right to Water, Icaria, Barcelona, 2008

Additional required reading

  • Coopey R., Tvedt T., A History of Water, I.B. TAURIS, London-New York, 2006
  • Ostrom E., Governing the commons: the evolution of institutions for collective action , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge- New York, 1990
  • Strang V., The meaning of Water, Berg, Oxford-New York, 2004