ECO5310EN - Issues & Perspectives in Global Water Management

Course description

Presentations, analytical class discussions and article readings assignments, lead students to a deep understanding of the cycle of water as the fundament for water management plans to mitigate impact on humanity and environment. The course focuses on complex issues faced to reach global priorities and guarantee global hydric security.

How this course benefits students

Students acquire a broad overview on global perspectives and trends on water management required to take good decisions and propose sustainable solutions related to water resources management. The course prepares students to address decision makers.

Why this course is important

Water is scarce and deteriorated in many parts around the world. To cope with the expected increase in global demand for all uses towards the year 2050, water management must be efficient. The course lays a foundation for professionals to think and act proactively to contribute with their knowledge, to propose and assess solutions, to mitigate existing water problems and avoid generation of new ones.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Ecology Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Luisa Cifuentes Aguilar, Instructor in Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Water sustainability is grounded in its natural cycle designed by God to reach a balance between its exploitation and its conservation for the future, as described in Psalm 104 10-12 "13 He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. 11 They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. 13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work."

Missionally driven

Students contribute with their knowledge to bring hope to people in communities experiencing health, economic or social problems due to water scarcity or contamination. Students are a part of the solutions as they are equipped to help people to work towards a higher quality of life, socioeconomic growth and environment conservation through efficient water management practices.

Contextually informed

Access to quality water in sufficient quantity due to inefficient management represent a burden to many people around the globe. Students are equipped to provide solutions to mitigate latent social, economic and environmental problems and address decision makers to take the right steps towards sustainable water management.

Interculturally focused

Water is a common good that does not recognize borders. The course explores different cultural, social and political scenarios to strengthen students’ criteria related to water management and governance.

Practically minded

With the aid of case studies, this course gives students the necessary practical tools and knowledge to contribute to global trends in water management and act in areas where water supply is scarce or deteriorated.

Experientially transformed

The course is designed for students to gain experience through case-studies and visual tools, to develop their ideas based on the concepts and knowledge acquired in the course and to put it into practice.