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Natural Resources: SU:Water Mgmt&Sustainability

NR 195 TR1 (CRN: 61571)

3 Credit Hours

NR 195 TR1 is a travel-study program.

Travel-study courses use a specialized registration schedule and process. Visit the travel-study page to learn more.

About NR 195 TR1

In this course, students will explore Dutch water management and sustainability practices and technologies while touring the Netherlands via bicycle*. With more than 2/3rds of the country lying at or below sea level, and with 18 million inhabitants, managing water and living sustainably are essential for both human safety and to ensure a strong economy. Students will learn from and interact with professionals when visiting solar bike paths, green buildings, innovative flood control and critical historic water infrastructure projects, museums, and sustainable farms and greenhouses. Along the way, students will learn how the Netherlands history has shaped its water resources and sustainability management practices, and will learn to calculate a Community Water Footprint. *Disability accommodations are available. Students must contact the instructor by April 10 to make arrangements.


Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; Travel Dates: May 25 - June 9, 2019; Location: Netherlands; Instructor Permission Required; Apply at: Pre and Post work required; Program Fee: $2,863.00

Section Description

This travel study course will allow students to explore water management and sustainability attitudes and techniques from the Dutch perspective. As the majority of the Netherlands lies below sea level, and with a population of 18 million, managing water and living sustainably is essential for public safety and a strong economy. Students will learn from and engage in dialogue with Dutch professionals to build their understanding of the interconnectedness between human activities and sustainability. After completing this course, students will be able to: • Understand water resources issues faced by the Netherlands; • Understand and apply the concept of a “water footprint” • Understand and competently discuss sustainability in the Netherlands, including the multitude of dimensions and stakeholders involved, and the variety of potential outcomes of land and resource management decisions; • Compare and contrast water resources management and sustainability decisions and techniques between the Netherlands and other countries, especially the United States. • Evaluate sustainability using an evidence-based disciplinary approach and integrate economic, ecological, and social perspectives; • Think critically about sustainability across a diversity of cultural values and across multiple scales of relevance from local to global; and • Recognize and assess how sustainability impacts their lives and how their actions impact sustainability.

Section Expectation

The course will primarily be carried out via a travel study via bicycle in the Netherlands. Students’ overnight gear will be moved via van. During the course, students will be asked to: • Bicycle on a daily basis to water management and sustainability demonstration sites (*students requiring disability-related accommodation may travel via van) and bike or walk to hotels, grocery stores and/or restaurants; • Actively participate in site visits to a variety of Dutch water management and sustainability locations; • Engage in dialogue about water management and sustainability with Dutch professionals, other students in the course, and instructors; • Read scientific and popular articles and the course text book; • Develop written reflections in the form of a daily journal; and • Contribute to a class blog


Students grades will be based upon the following criteria: 70% Participation in site visits to a variety of water resources and sustainability sites (see itinerary), including engaging in a dialogue with Dutch professionals 20% Written daily journal reflections to assigned readings and activities 10% Contributions to course blog




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