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Note: This is an elective course in the Food & Sustainability Studies Program (FSSP). Students do not need to be in the FSSP to enroll. However, priority will be given to FSSP students.
Water plays a central part in our lives. Almost all human activities are dependent on water and the functioning of ecosystems; the well-being of the environment, industries, and the economy; agriculture and food production, and beyond. This course aims to understand ways in which water influences our lives and to explore the interdependencies and linkages between water and human activities. Through a combination of both the social and natural sciences, the course will take a critical look at water-resource sustainability. Using a transdisciplinary approach water and water resources will be explored through social and environmental constructs.
This course will ask students to:
- Understand the interdependencies and inter-linkages between water and trade, development, and the environment;
- Identify inter-linkages between energy, food, land use, and water;
- Examine cultural and political relationships with water systems;
- Examine biological factors in freshwater ecosystems;
- Explore how water systems have shaped Italy and Italian culture;
- Develop innovative strategies for promoting sustainable water use.
Service Learning Research Project Description
Students in this course will collaborate with ARPA Umbria, the regional environmental protection agency, taking part in a two-day workshop at the Climate Change and Biodiversity Center on Lake Trasimeno’s Polvese Island. Students will participate in field and laboratory activities led by ARPA biologists, including sampling bioindicators, a method of determining the ecological status of freshwater ecosystems, and observing biodiversity using high-powered microscopes. Students will also interview and go fishing with local fishermen from the Lake Trasimeno Fishermen Cooperative.
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