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Water for Sustainable Futures (UNIB20012)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20012
Semester 1
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In recent decades the importance of regulating water and its wider implications have been the subject of great debate. Water is no longer viewed solely in hydrological terms, where its supply and allocation are considered to be the only determinants important in understanding how it is regulated. Rather, of equal importance are the economic, environmental, political and social ramifications changing water allocation have on a catchment. In this subject the hydrological, economic, social, legal and environmental implications of controlling water in a catchment are evaluated in order to identify the trade-off between these factors and to suggest improvements that can be made in the understanding and management of this vital resource.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students will be expected to understand the:

  • Role of water as a resource, including any future implications of climate change, within a catchment context
  • Impacts of catchment management and the role of water in ecosystems
  • Economic value of water and the role of water markets and other management structures
  • Socio-political impact of water on communities past, present and future

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Think critically and organise knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • Derive, interpret and analyse information from primary and secondary sources
  • Participate in a discussion group and develop a logical argument to support a particular position
  • Plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
  • Demonstrate awareness of and ability to use appropriate communication technology
  • Demonstrate both written and oral communication skills
  • Participate effectively as a member of a team

Last updated: 14 September 2019