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The three courses that comprise the Water Without Borders graduate diploma program are:


(1) WWB 701 Field course


During the first half of the program year, students will participate in a one week field camp linked to a UNU-INWEH project in a developing country. Core faculty will accompany the students on the trip, the objective of which will be to ground the students in the research foci of the program as well as its core principles. Upon return from the field, the discussion will continue in the Principles of International Policy Development course (see below) and a reflection paper must be submitted by the middle of the second term.


(2) WWB 702 Principles of International Policy Development


This course consists of a bi-weekly seminar conducted over two terms. It is designed to address issues of:


  • Transdisciplinary research at the water-health nexus

  • Science-policy bridging

  • Knowledge translation

  • Capacity building


The seminar involves participation from UNU-INWEH, McMaster faculty and guest speakers in the form of lectures, discussion and debates.


(3) WWB 703 Practicum


At the end of the second term, individual students will have a second immersion experience in the work and activities of UNU-INWEH. This will be equivalent to no more than 12 person days and will normally be completed no later than mid-June of Term III. The practicum will be organized by the UNU-INWEH co-supervisor in consultation with other members of the student’s supervisory committee.


The objective of the practicum will be to reintroduce the student (post course-work) to the core principles of the program via a practical experience related to UNU-INWEH’s day to day activities. This will involve the student participating in the development of a short written piece of work relevant to UNU-INWEH activities such as a position paper, an op-ed piece, or policy brief.




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