Course Format

January 2022 to April 2022 (Mondays, 8am - 11am CST) via ten 3-hour virtual synchronous seminars.

Participants are expected to actively participate in the course. Seminars will include group discussions and presentations, multimedia presentations, interactive exercises, and problem-based learning to provide foundational information while encouraging active participation in the educational process. There are no exams in this course.

 

The course will be taught by Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace.

Course Objectives

This course explores the feedback mechanisms between hydrological and social systems, implications for sustainable water management and sustainable societies, and the theoretical frameworks that have emerged at this interface. The goal of this course is to help students understand and assess the nature of interactions between the systems in order to manage them simultaneously and in concert with each other wherever possible.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the interactions and feedback mechanisms between people and the hydrological cycle.
  • Explain the potential consequences of these feedback mechanisms on water resources and sustainable societies.
  • Discuss the implications of climate change on this coupled system.
  • Critically assess and apply relevant theoretical frameworks to practical problems.
  • Engage the Sustainable Development Goals in coupled system assessments


Course Synopsis

This course provides a transdisciplinary introduction to the interplay between people and water through a coupled systems lens. The course begins with an overview of systems theory, the hydrologic system, social systems, water resources, and global environmental change. The human-water coupled system is discussed in terms of theories, frameworks, challenges, and methods.  

Course Topics

Systems Theory

Hydrologic System and Earth System Tipping Points

Social Systems and Linkages with Water

Coupled Systems and Social Hydrology

Water Resources and Water Management

Global Environmental Change Impacts

Assessment

  1. A cumulating team-based assignment (60% of final grade) will require you to work as a group to research and develop solutions to a water-related coupled-systems problem and to submit 1) written problem identification, definition, and proposal (5%), 2) final report (20%), 3) interim presentation (10%), 4) final presentation (15%), 5) peer assessment (final presentation) (5%) and, 6) intra-group assessment (5%);
  2. An individual submission communicating the findings of the group assignment (25% of final grade) to a different audience in a written format (15% of final grade), supported by a stand-alone visual aid (e.g., video, infographic, photo-story, slide deck) (10%); and,
  3. Class discussion (15%).
Date Subject Instructor
Jan 11th Fundamentals & Hydrological Cycle; 
Hydrometeorology & Precipitation
Dr John Pomeroy
Jan 12th

Interception & Evapotranspiration

-Essay Assignment & Assignment 1

Dr Richard Petrone

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 13th

Snow Accumulation & Redistribution

Dr John Pomeroy
Jan 14th Snowmelt and Snowcover Depletion

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 15th

Groundwater Hydrology

-Assignment 2

Dr Edwin Cey

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 18th

Glacier Hydrology

-Assignment 3

Michael Demuth, P.Eng., P.Geo.

Dr. John Pomeroy

Jan 19th

Soil Hydrology

Dr Andrew Ireson

Jan 20th Hillslope and Catchment Hydrology

Dr Sean Carey

Jan 21st

River Basin Hydrology and Streamflow Hydrographs

-Assignment 4

Dr Kevin Shook

Dr John Pomeroy

Jan 22nd

Hydraulics, Routing and River Ice

Hydrometry

Synthesis

-Assignment 5

Dr Tricia Stadnyk

Dr Alain Pietroniro

Dr John Pomeroy

The closed book final examination (2 hour) will be given electronically one month after the last day of the course. Exercises and literature review are due two months after they are assigned and are submitted electronically to Dr. Pomeroy.

NOTE: you must work independently and originally in all assignments and examinations, cite appropriately in submitted essay material and follow the University of Saskatchewan Academic Misconduct Rules.

Applying for Admission at USask

All participants must apply for admission as a graduate student with the University of Saskatchewan if they are not already a graduate student at the U of S or another Canadian institution.

  • Students request permission to register in the course, GEOG 836, by emailing Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace (cschuster.wallace@usask.ca) and outlining how they meet the course prerequisites listed in the course synopsis.
  • Students should then contact the department of Geography and Planning (geography.planning@usask.ca) and provide their student number so that a permission to register can be entered.
  • After getting email confirmation from the department, students taking the course for credit can register themselves on PAWS. Students wishing to audit the course can contact Student Central at askus@usask.ca using their PAWS email account and request to be registered as an audit student in the course.
  • Students request permission to register in the course by emailing Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace (cschuster.wallace@usask.ca)
     and outlining how they meet the course prerequisites listed in the course synopsis
  • Students submit either a Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Agreement (CUGTA) form or a Western Dean's Agreement (WDA) form, depending on the home institution.
    (Please note that each University has their own version of the CUGTA form, so students using this form should obtain it from their home institution.)
  • Students will have their home institution sign the form and send it to the department of Geography and Planning (geography.planning@usask.ca) at the University of Saskatchewan. They will be automatically registered in the course, but must pay student fees and tuition directly to the University of Saskatchewan.

Please note: You must complete all 5 steps below in order to apply for admission

  • Request permission to register in the course by emailing Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace (cschuster.wallace@usask.ca)
     and outlining how they meet the course prerequisites listed in the course synopsis
  • Apply for admissions here, choose Graduate program, Non-degree and term.
    Note: International students and professionals will pay $90 CDN non-refundable application fee, but DO NOT submit transcripts, or submit proof of English equivalency and should ignore these requests if prompted automatically by the form.International students and professionals MUST submit a letter of support from their home institution or employer on official letterhead, listing the course, the term it will be taken, and the dates that the course will be held.  This letter should be submitted to grad.studies@usask.ca 
  • Once an application has been received by Graduate Studies, students will be given access to a University of Saskatchewan PAWS account and can monitor their application status on PAWS.  Upon receiving a letter of admission on their PAWS email address, students should then notify the department of Geography and Planning (geography.planning@usask.ca) that they have been admitted and provide their student number so that a permission to register can be entered.
  • After getting email confirmation from the department, students taking the course for credit can register themselves and pay their tuition on PAWS.  Students wishing to audit the course can contact Student Central at askus@usask.ca using their PAWS email account and request to be registered as an audit student in the course, tuition will be paid on PAWS.  

Tuition

Tuition and student fees will vary depending on citizenship and whether a participant is taking the course for credit or audit.

Tuition and Fees for Canadian Participants
Credit- $772.25 CAD   
Audit- $410.75 CAD

Tuition and Fees for non-Canadian Participants
Credit- $1357.88 CAD   
Audit- $703.57 CAD

 

If you would like to request transfer of credit to your home institution, please order your transcript for the course directly through your PAWS account or this link.

Withdrawal from Course, or Switching from Credit to Audit
If while taking the course or after completion, you decide to withdraw or switch from credit to audit, please contact U of S Student Central (askus@usask.ca, or phone 1-877-650-1212) for details. 

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