2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Global Water Issues and El Salvador Field Study


Summer 2012 quarter

Paul Pickett water resources engineering
Fields of Study
agriculture, ecology, environmental studies and land-use planning

The United Nations has declared the access to affordable, clean water to be a human right. Yet around the world billions of people cannot exercise this right. In addition people in the developing world often face challenges of drought, floods, and degradation of aquatic ecosystem services. This class explores the challenges of water in developing countries, emerging issues, and potential solutions. Issues to be explored include Integrated Water Resource Management, governance, privatization, gender equality, social justice, climate change, water security, and appropriate technology.

Graduate students and undergraduate students registering for 4 credits will explore these topics in in the first session. Undergraduate students registering for 8 credits and graduate students (still as part of their 4 credits) will expand on the class work from first session by participating in a sustainability field study in El Salvador—a 7-day field trip to the Jiquilisco Bay region with an EcoViva ( eco-viva.org ) delegation. Participants will live in the communities and learn about local development programs including flood preparation and recovery, sustainable agriculture, water supply infrastructure, community organizing and youth development, and environmental management (mangrove ecosystems and sea turtle conservation).

Students wishing to enroll in the second session field study in El Salvador will need to pay a non-refundable deposit prior to June 1, 2012. If a minimum enrollment of seven students in the second session is not attained, the field study will be canceled.

For more information, see the course outline and field study schedule.

Advertised Schedule
6-10p Mon/Wed (Jun. 25 - Jul. 25); second-session students will meet 6-10p Mon/Wed (Jul. 30, Aug. 1, 27, 29) and travel for 7 days of field study in El Salvador in mid-August.
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$1000 for EcoViva delegation costs including all room and board, local transportation, and translation
Special Expenses
Airfare to El Salvador (approximately $800)
Study Abroad
Study Abroad will be in the Jiquilisco Bay region of El Salvador for seven days during the second session, summer quarter. Delegation cost is estimated at $1000, which includes all room and board, local transportation, and translation. In addition, airfare to El Salvador is estimated at $800. Other expenses could include border fees and medical and personal needs.  Students must pay a non-refundable deposit of $150 by June 1, 2012, to reserve a space.
Upper Division Science Credit
It is possible to arrange for work toward the award of two (2) upper-division science credits.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 6th, 2012 The field study portion of this program has been cancelled. See the separate catalog listing for Global Water Issues for the on-campus, first-session offering.
May 8th, 2012 Additional information added to description.
March 30th, 2012 Graduate option added and class standing restricted to juniors and above.