UCT1 - Sustainable Water Management in Africa
29 August 2016 – 09 September 2016
Hosted by the University of Cape Town
This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine the current water crises, trends and conditions in developing countries. It critically engages with the technical, social, cultural, economic, political, economic and environmental challenges of water demand, supply and treatment with an understanding of the role of water in society and in sustaining livelihoods. Further, it addresses the need to derive maximum benefit from each water resource used while incurring minimum burden and the need to secure “new taps” in a water sensitive urban design context.
A field trip will be included in which an analysis of water demand and supply in a small country town will be integrated with a survey of the impact of water supply, demand, quality and equitable distribution on sustainable livelihoods
Target Audience / Prerequisites
The course is targeted to Master students and final year undergraduate students.
The course will be offered as an inter-disciplinary Masters-level course that will benefit from a cohort of students of diverse educational backgrounds.
All candidates will be required to be able to communicate well in English.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Combination of lectures, workshop sessions, seminars and interactive tasks, together with a field trip.
- A working knowledge of urban water management.
- A working knowledge of water scarcity, its link to climate change and its impact on developing nations.
- An understanding of key technologies for water supply, demand and quality, and their intrinsic link to the water-food-energy nexus.
- An appreciation for the circular economy and the nature of technologies under development to support it.
- An appreciation for the deep-seated role of water, its availability and its quality in the social fabric and the under-pinning of sustainable livelihood with an appreciation of the impact of culture, privilege and inequality.
- Engagement with IDTD research paradigm and role in integrated water management.
- In-course group work.
- A presentation at the end of the course’s contact period.
- A summative position paper to complete.
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
- 24 credits (This notionally equates to 240 hours of study time – 80 hours of which will be direct / contact time with the students [60 hours in lectures and 20 hours on the field trip]; and 160 hours of which the students are expected to spend on self-study - before and after the summer school. We generally assume a 2:1 ratio of self-study to contact time in these sorts of courses)
- 60 total contact hours (classroom)
- Approximately 20 field-trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
The course will run over a 12-day period (Mon through to Fri week) with the Sunday as a free day.
The field trip will occupy a three-day period, out of Cape Town.
All other days will be run as a 7 hour contact day, with the expectation of some preparatory self-study on 5 evenings. Other self-study will occur before and after the course delivery.
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Prof Neil Armitage
Dr Kirsty Carden
Prof George Ekama
Dr Kobus van Zyl
Prof Sue Harrison
Dr Jennifer Broadhurst
Dr Cheri Young
Dr Divine Fuh
Dr Horman Chitonge
Dr Mugsy Spiegel
Prof Kevin Winter
Dr Harro von Blottnitz
Prof Aqiel Dalvie
- Students must arrive by: 27 August the weekend (Saturday) prior to the start of the Programme.
- Students will be able to check in from 2 pm.
- Check-out date: 10 September the weekend (Saturday) after the end of the Programme.
- Students have the option to stay longer, at their own cost, and provided the accommodation facility is alerted at least 1 week prior to your arrival.
Figures are estimates only. Click on each item for details.
USD 1,847 Including Programme Coordination & Academic Component
AccommodationUSD 1,097 Including any deposits
Field TripUSD 252 Including excursions (transport & entry fees) to local attraction sites ie. Cape Point, Robben Island
MiscellaneousUSD 594 Group facilitation
VisaVisa requirements are country specific & each student must ensure they check the RSA entry requirements that apply to their particular passports. Visa fees are for students’ own costs.
Living ExpensesUSD 210 Including Programme meals (lunches & closing dinner) & subsistence
Required and / or Recommended Insurance(s)
All students must secure a comprehensive insurance policy from their home country, covering all aspects of their visit to RSA (including travel insurance, medical care, accident & emergency cover, repatriation etc.