NWI-BB079C
Water, Health and Development
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB079C
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. G.W. Geerling
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Lecturer
dr. G.W. Geerling
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Contactperson for the course
dr. G.W. Geerling
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Examiner
dr. G.W. Geerling
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Academic year2019
Period
KW3-KW4  (03/02/2020 to 30/08/2020)
Starting block
KW3
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
General learning objectives:
  • Insight and understanding of the relations between aquatic ecosystems (water), public health (in particular water related diseases) and sustainable development.
  • Understanding of the socio-cultural processes and mechanisms that underlie present day water and health problems and insight into possible solutions to these integrated problems.
  • Be familiar with the various Clean Tech innovations and their significance for the interaction between water management, public health and economic development.
  • Introduction to decision support models/modelling of socio-ecological problems
Content
In particular countries with an emerging economy experience difficulties in defining a sound strategy for the integration of water resources management, consolidation or improvement of public health and economic development. The strong links between human health and the health of the broader environment are an emerging topic in science. By changing our environment we create new opportunities for infectious diseases, but already seeing a natural environment speeds up the recovery rate of patients in hospitals.
The course “Water, Health and Development“ provides insight in the causal relations between the Water, Health and Development knowledge domains.

The lectures are divided in three units: In the first unit the relations between water and water related diseases (an example of a socio-ecological problem) are analyzed and discussed. These relations and their (economic) impact will be illustrated by (inter)national cases. An introduction to computer modelling in problem analysis and in testing management approaches of socio-ecological problems.
The second unit will focus on the socio-cultural processes and mechanisms that led to current problems. The understanding of these socio-cultural processes is important to provide and implement sustainable solutions.
The third unit deals with Clean Tech innovations that can be used to prevent or mitigate water pollution, outbreaks and/or the distribution of water related diseases.
 
Project
Groups are focused on (a) river basins with water & health problems, or (b) around a public health issue. The problem has to be thoroughly analyzed using the Driver, Pressure, State, Impact and Response framework (DPSIR). Especially important is to integrate the mechanistic ecological knowledge with the socio-cultural knowledge. If possible, the knowledge gained of socio-ecological modelling can be applied here.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
The course is aimed to be accessible for a broad range of 3rd year bachelor and master students from the natural and medical sciences.
Test information
  • exam, counts for 70%, minimum grade 5.0
  • assignment, counts for 30%, minimum grade 5.0
  • report of computer practicals needs to be handed in and deemed sufficient in order to pass the course
  • Specifics

    Test information
    • exam, counts for 70%, minimum grade 5.0
    • assignment, counts for 30%, minimum grade 5.0
    • report of computer practicals needs to be handed in and deemed sufficient in order to pass the course

    Prerequisites
    The course is aimed to be accessible for a broad range of 3rd year bachelor and master students from the natural and medical sciences.

    Recommended materials
    Articles
    Texts will be provided during the course. For orientation on the course, the following paper is of special interest: http://www.pnas.org/content/110/47/18753.full

    Instructional modes
    Course
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Exam Q4

    Lecture

    Practical computer training
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Project

    Resit Exam Q4

    Zelfstudie

    Tests
    Exam
    Test weight7
    Test typeExam
    OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

    Group assignment
    Test weight3
    Test typeAssignment
    OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

    Lab
    Test weight0
    Test typeLab course
    OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4