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Water and Sanitation Justice

UC Berkeley Summer Sessions
8 weeks
Summer / Short course
Online / Distance
21 June 2021
UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

Program description

Water and Sanitation Justice

This course will explore the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice and injustice on interlocking scales (i.e. local, national, transnational) while illustrating analytical ideas connecting to a range of social processes including claims for human rights, deprivation and exclusion, urbanization and infrastructure development, and privatization of land and water. We will look at various case studies in high-income and low-income countries and use key technical and social concepts to examine rights, equity, and justice with respect to water and sanitation. 

Program content

  • Explain key issues of water and sanitation justice
  • Seriously consider strategies for addressing water and sanitation injustice
  • Explain water and sanitation policy and governance historical examples, locally and globally
  • Analyze water and sanitation through a variety of disciplinary perspectives: Arts, Engineering, Humanities, and in the social sciences of Sociology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Politics, Economics, Anthropology
  • Compare issues at local to global scales
  • Identify factors influencing water and sanitation justice and injustice
  • Understand impacts of water and sanitation injustice on quality of life


This course partially satisfies requirements for the ERG Summer Minor/Certificate in Sustainability.

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UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

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UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

1995 University Avenue
Suite 130
94704 Berkeley California
United States of America

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