Virtual Global Water Policy DC

Explore U.S., Central Asian, and global perspectives on water management and environmental sustainability through this innovative study away program for undergraduates. On this one-week, 1-credit program, you will study competing perspectives on global water policy. You will be introduced to the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations managing water equity. You will look closely at the interconnections between policy, law, economics, and culture related to the environment. You will develop a portfolio of varied writing samples to use in applications for graduate programs and careers in policy while also creating their network of experts and organizations influential to the shaping of water and environmental policy in the U.S., Central Asia, and globally. This program is designed for students in interested in political science, history, environmental studies, policy, law, business, economics and international studies. 

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • A variety of policy writing examples that come together to form a portfolio of writing samples that can be used in applications for graduate programs and careers in policy
  • Network of experts and organizations influential to the shaping of water policy in the US, Central Asia, and globally

 

No travel is involved, and there is no additional cost for you.

What You'll Study: 

In this virtual course students will meet with speakers from federal agencies, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C. At the end of the course, participants will have a much broader understanding of critical issues in water policy and more clearly understand how national policies can have far-reaching consequences in different sectors and geographic locations. Students will be responsible for readings and participation during site visits/lectures.

 

In this course you will study:

  • US, Central Asian, and global perspectives on water management and environmental sustainability
  • Interconnections between policy, law, the economy, and culture related to water resources
  • Role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in managing water equity

 

Competing Perspectives on Global Water Policy: From the United States to Central Asia (PS1389)

This course provides undergraduate students interested in the fields of Environmental Studies, Business, Law, Engineering, Public Policy and other areas with a first-hand experience of the global impact of contemporary developments in the water policy sector. Competing Perspectives on Global Water Policy will introduce students to the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations managing water equity, enabling them to study interconnections between policy, law, economics, and culture related to the environment. Students will develop a portfolio of varied writing samples to use in applications for graduate programs and careers in policy while also creating their network of experts and organizations influential to the shaping of water and environmental policy in the U.S., Central Asia, and globally. This course is open to undergraduate and non-PITT students. Coursework may count towards certificates provided by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Global Studies Center, and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

Experiential Learning Description: 

In this virtual course students will meet with speakers from federal agencies, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C. In this course we hope to offer a variety of speakers from some of the agencies/organizations below:

  • Capitol Hill
  • USDA
  • Department of the Interior
  • EPA
  • US Water Alliance
  • George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Department of State
  • Embassy of Uzbekistan
  • Cato Institute
  • Global Water 2020
  • Center for Water Security and Cooperation

 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, and I am the Assistant Director for Domestic Study Away Programming. I have experience running international study abroad programs and programs here at home in the United States. I was fortunate to have many experiential learning opportunities, both international and domestic, during my college career. Being from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, my experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and helped open my eyes to different cultures and career opportunities I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous experiential learning opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure. I love traveling, hate sitting still and love doing anything outdoors, in all seasons. Personally, I’m on a quest to visit as many national parks as possible. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study away programs, answer any of your questions and help you find the right opportunity. Please reach me via email at timcrawford@pitt.edu

Schedule an appointment

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  • Log in to Pathways or use the Navigate app.
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Global as the Care Unit.
  • Select Study Abroad Virtual Advising as the Location
  • Select Study Abroad Program Specific Questions as the service
  • Select my name and find a time that works for you!

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Dr. Vasili Rukhadze

Vasili Rukhadze is a Visiting Lecturer of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations with area focus on the former Soviet Union and post-communist Eastern and Central Europe.

 

Dr. Rukhadze holds a Ph.D. in political science from Kent State University (2014) and an M.A. degree in political science from the City University of New York (2002). In 2007-2008, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, conducting academic research on the prospects of establishing new energy routes from the Caspian Sea basin to the European Union. In 2010, he served as a Chairman of the Georgian Truth Commission, overseeing a large scale research project, from its inception to its completion, about Georgia’s historical experiences under Tsarist and communist rule. Since 2012, he is a Political Analyst at the Washington, D.C. based research and analysis institution, Jamestown Foundation.

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Schedule an appointment

<strong>Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!</strong>
<br/>
<ul>
<li>Log in to <a href="https://pitt.guide.eab.com/app/#!/authentication/remote/">Pathways</a> or use the Navigate app.</li>
<li>Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment</li>
<li>Select <strong> Pitt Global </strong> as the Care Unit.</li>
<li>Select <strong>Study Abroad Virtual Advising</strong> as the Location</li>
<li>Select <strong>Study Abroad Program Specific Questions</strong> as the service</li>
<li>Select my name and find a time that works for you!</li></ul>
<br/>Having trouble or don't see a time that works for you? Just email me!

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to your in-state or out-of-state residency status. There is no additional cost for you.

 

Please note that there is a $350 non-refundable deposit when you sign up for the program. This is not an additional cost. The deposit you pay will be credited back to your summer term bill.

 

Tuition remission scholarships are available to students accepted into this program. Please contact your Program Manager for more information.

What Else You Need to Know: 
  • No travel is involved, and there is no additional cost for you.
  • Students must apply for the program via Pitt's study abroad website. Enrollment will be handled by our office. However, you should speak to your advisor about this program and registering for your other Flex@Pitt courses.
  • Please note, due to the nature of the program and local faculty and guest speakers, course meeting days/times could vary