WATER, JUSTICE AND HEALTH

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH223249
Module Leader Karin Helwig
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provides students with understanding and knowledge of the important links between water, justice and the principles of public health and explores the water/food/energy nexus that prevents developing world countries from making the most of economic development opportunities. It discusses whether developed world water and sanitation solutions are appropriate, or even desirable for implementation in the developing world.

Syllabus

The teaching will cover the following areas: Water and development -360b7 The key global water issues that are currently hindering development b7 Water usage and agriculture, virtual water trade and environmental impacts b7 The environmental cost of using water - our water footprint Public health -360b7 The role of water in relation to the principles of public health b7 Personal hygiene and disease control - water related diseases and how to prevent them b7 The role of water in economic activity and poverty b7 Community engagement Water - ethics, culture and sanitation -360b7 The important linkages between energy and good quality, sustainable water supplies/sanitation b7 Water rights and justice b7 Conflict and water

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically understand the key global water issues that are currently hindering development (A1, A2, A3, A6, A7) and the role of water in relation to the principles of public health (A1, A2, A3, A6, A7)2. Appreciate of the role of climate justice in water and in economic activity and poverty (A4, A6, A7),3. Critically analyse and evaluate the important linkages and conflicts between energy and good quality, sustainable water supplies/sanitation (A6, A7, A8)4. Debate the issue of agriculture the big water user, virtual water trade and environmental impacts (A1, A2, A3, A6, A7)5. Practically analyse the true cost of using water and our water footprint (A6. A7. A8, B4, B5, B6)6. Investigate and critically analyse personal hygiene and disease control - water related diseases and how to prevent them (A4, A7)7. Critique and evaluate water ethics, justice and culture (A3, A4, A5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The delivery of this module will be through lectures, seminars and case studies. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for leadership and conflict resolution via community engagement, through case studies, in-class presentation and on-line discussions.

Indicative Reading

Climate change adaptation in the water sector Author: Ludwig, F Kabat, van Schaik, H Year: 2009 Publisher: Earthscan, ISBN: 978 18 4407 6529 Global warming - the complete briefing, 4th Edition, Author: Houghton, J: Year: 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-521-70916-3 Public Health for the 21 st Century. (2 nd edition) Author: Orme, J., Taylor, P., Harrison, T., Grey, M Year: 2007 Publisher: Berkshire: Open University Press Issues in Public Health (2 nd edition) Author: Sim F. & McKee M. Year: 2011 Publisher: Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Drinking Water contaminants and their Effects on Public Health USEPA 2012 Hydrology: an introduction Author: Brutsaert, W Year: 2005 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781615832217 Available online at: <http://www.knovel.com/web/portal/basic_search/display?_EXT_KNOVEL_DISPLAY_bookid=2721> In extremis: disruptive events and trends in climate and hydrology Author : Kropp, J Year: 2011 Publisher: Springer ISBN: 978-36-42148-637 Available online at: <http://www.springerlink.com/content/h3527j/?MUD=MP> Water Technology: An introduction for environmental scientists and engineers, 3rd edition. Author: Gray, N F. Year: 2010. Publisher: IWA Publishing ISBN 978-18-4339-3030 Basic water treatment 4th Edition. Author: Binnie, C and Kimber K Climate change adaptation in the water sector Author: Ludwig, F Kabat, van Schaik, H Year: 2009 Publisher: Earthscan, ISBN: 978 18 4407 6529 Global warming - the complete briefing, 4th Edition, Author: Houghton, J: Year: 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-521-70916-3 Public Health for the 21 st Century. (2 nd edition) Author: Orme, J., Taylor, P., Harrison, T., Grey, M Year: 2007 Publisher: Berkshire: Open University Press Issues in Public Health (2 nd edition) Author: Sim F. & McKee M. Year: 2011 Publisher: Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Drinking Water contaminants and their Effects on Public Health USEPA 2012 Available online at: <http://www.knovel.com/web/portal/basic_search/display?_EXT_KNOVEL_DISPLAY_bookid=2721> Hydrology: an introduction Author: Brutsaert, W Year: 2005 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781615832217 In extremis: disruptive events and trends in climate and hydrology Author : Kropp, J Year: 2011 Publisher: Springer ISBN: 978-36-42148-637 Available online at: <http://www.springerlink.com/content/h3527j/?MUD=MP> Water Technology: An introduction for environmental scientists and engineers, 3rd edition. Author: Gray, N F. Year: 2010. Publisher: IWA Publishing ISBN 978-18-4339-3030 Basic water treatment 4th Edition. Author: Binnie, C and Kimber K Year: 2009 Publisher: IWA Publishing ISBN 978-18-43392-248 Handbook of Biological Waste Water Treatment: design and optimisation of activated sludge systems Author: van Haandel, A and van der Lubbe, J Year: 2007 Publisher: Quist Publishing, Leidschendam, Netherlands ISBN: 978-90-77983-22-5 Water Ethics Author: (ed) Brown and Schmidt Year: 2010 Publisher: Island Press ISBN: 978-1-59726-565-2 Water Resource Planning and Management Author: (ed) Grafton and Hussey Year: 2011 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-51197-430-4 The water footprint of modern consumer society Author: Hoekstra, A.J Year: 2013 Publisher: Earthscan ISBN: 978-1-84971-427-3 An introduction to sustainable development, 4th edition Author: Elliott, J A Year: 2013 Publisher: Routledge ISBN: 978-0-415-59073-0 Climate change and development Author: Tanner, T and Horn-Phathanothai, L Year: 2014-08-07 Publisher: Routledge ISBN: 978-0-415-66427-1 The science and politics of global climate change, A guide to the debate, 2 nd edition Author: Dessler, A and Parson, E.A Year: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-521-73740-1 Climate change adaptation in the water sector Author: Ludwig, F, Kabat, P, van Schaik, H and van der Valk, M Year: 2009 Publisher: Earthscan ISBN: 978-1-84407-652-9

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving D2 Cognitive/intellectual skills D3 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject D4 Key life skills D5 Learning style and orientation to learning D6 Time management (organising and planning work) D7 Independent working D8 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development; D9 Self-marketing marketing/presentation skills; D10 Information retrieval skills; D12 Group working D13 ICT D14 Communication skills, written, oral and listening -709

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Case study (2000 words)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Review report (2000 words)