This module cuts across different academic disciplines in order to introduce various aspects of culture, geo-politics and ethics, related to water management. From the creation of first civilizations to the 21st century stakes, water has been the source of myths, policies, religions, conflicts, ethics, alimenting cultural differences but also intercultural cooperation leading to “water wisdom”.
The module aims to present different turning points of the mankind’s historical, cultural and spiritual evolution due to water management. During the course, we will overfly the symbolism, the sacredness, the legends and language components that create the cultural power of water. We will also visit the concept of “hydro-politics”, meaning the geopolitical dimension of water management, examining how water management influences conflicts and cooperation, public health or communities vicinity.