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GD108 - Living with Water

  • Module code: GD108
  • Module name: Living with Water
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This interdisciplinary module stimulates students to engage with a variety of contemporary issues surrounding sustainable management of water resources and provides opportunities for the examination of the history, geo-politics, culture and governance frameworks that relate to water and sustainable development. Challenges around water represent many of the most urgent concerns for promoting global sustainable development. Clean water is a basic requirement for life; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 844 million people lack basic access to clean drinking water. It is anticipated that by 2030 global water demand will exceed current supply by 40 percent. Elsewhere, an excess of water is the primary concern. The module explores how these emerging concerns are exacerbated by a rising global population, development trends and a changing environment, before reflecting upon how we can formulate holistic solutions and pathways to a more sustainable future for living with water.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to: • Describe the key global sustainable development challenges relating to water, from a variety of perspectives; • Critically appraise existing methods of water management, based upon evidence; • Research, analyse and evaluate emerging approaches to sustainable water management; • Demonstrate an understanding of water issues relating to the wider global challenges of sustainable development, such as health, inequality and survival; • Articulate a sustainable policy pathway for addressing the key global water challenges in the future.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 1 hour lectures 10 x 1 hour seminars

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Other essential notes

Available at 15 CATS in Term 2. Available to students outside GSD by application

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD108-15)
A (Assessed work only) Contribution to Seminars and Activities 10%
  Group Assessment Presentation 25%
  Individual Assessment Report (1000 words) 15%
  Individual Research Report (2500 words) 50%
A1 (Assessed work only) Contribution to Seminars and Activities 10%
  Group Presentation 20%
  Individual Research Report (1000 words) 20%
  Individual Policy Brief (2500 words) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core