ECO5330EN - Critique of Principles & Procedures in Ecological Sanitation

Course description

Through presentations, class discussions, and reading assignments, students analyze and critique principles, concepts, and techniques of ecological sanitation. The course focuses on the benefits of ecological sanitation and the challenges for implementation.

How this course benefits students

Students acquire a deep understanding of principles, concepts, techniques, engineering of ecological sanitation, and the key issues relating to its implementation to understand, discuss, and assess based on the challenges to implement ecological sanitation projects.

Why this course is important

Ecological sanitation reduces the effects of inefficient or lack of sanitation systems as health risks, contamination, and soil fertility degradation. It also optimizes the management of nutrients and water resources and provides social and economic benefits to improve life quality. Professionals with this knowledge are an asset to humanity to reduce sanitation problems.

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

It was God who gave an ecological sanitation principle to the Hebrew people to keep the area around them holy as a condition for His presence among them. Deuteronomy 23:12-14, "12 designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13 As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement. 14 For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy so that He will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you."

Missionally driven

Students bring hope and share the love of God as they share their knowledge to promote the implementation of ecological sanitation elements in areas where people are suffering problems due to the absence of or collapsed sanitation systems.

Contextually informed

The 2019 Sanitation Report from the World Health Organization considers that some 280,000 deaths are due to insufficient sanitation. Ecological sanitation is a sustainable and affordable solution to avoid unnecessary deaths and illnesses in addition to being a source of socio-economic and environmental benefits.

Interculturally focused

Problems due to insufficient and deficient sanitation exists and affects all societies and cultures. The student has the opportunity to analyze different cultural and social scenarios to strengthen their criteria when identifying and proposing sustainable sanitation solutions according to the knowledge obtained in the course.

Practically minded

With the aid of case studies, this course give students the necessary practical tools and knowledge to promote ecological sanitation as a solution to many problems derived from inefficient or lack of sanitation systems.

Experientially transformed

Students gain experience to put their knowledge into practice through case-studies and visual tools and to develop their ideas based on the concepts and principles acquired in the course.