Water Resources and Pollution in the Developing World
Dr. Tim Callahan and I co-direct the summer study abroad course to India. Over a three week period, we travel the length of the Ganges (Ganga) River and its tributaries from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal. The broad theme of this course is water resources and pollution with a focus on the developing world.
During this course, students will examine the Ganga and its tributaries, and explore the spiritual, economic, and ecological dimensions of this great river system. More than 600 million people depend on the Ganga, which through ecological mismanagement and climate change is undergoing severe stress. These stressors have reduced the water quality and quantity resulting in negative impacts to the regional economy, human health, and the natural environment. Because of the intertwined nature of the global economy, any negative impact to India’s fast-growing economy will have worldwide repercussions. This course will give students an important perspective on critical issues that include water resources, economic development, climate change, and culture.
This course appeals to students of all backgrounds at the college. For those that are minoring in Environmental Studies, this course will count towards their minor. For geology majors (BS-track), this course will count towards the Field Studies requirement. This course is especially of interest to those that have a deep interest in the environment and those that are also interested in the role of culture in solving environmental problems.