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Quantitative Analysis and Writing in the Disciplines: Demystifying Water Data

Water is a key component to our lives and environment - it fuels our weather, it grows our food, it is home to an amazing variety life, and it is essential for human existence on this planet. Yet the issues surrounding water and its uses are complex and are becoming more challenging as the world faces serious issues in terms of the availability and usability of our freshwater supply. In this course, we will examine different topics related to water, especially in terms of water use and conservation. Some of the emerging issues we will explore include the data and numbers behind the Flint water crisis, the challenges with drought and water scarcity in developed and developing countries, and the increasing demand for “virtual water.” Our ultimate goal will be to explore the science and data behind these issues.

Through this course, students will:

Course Requirements:

Students who take W410 will be expected to:

Graduate students who enroll in W410 will be expected to complete the above in addition to a longer (7-8 page) paper in which they analyze, summarize, and discuss available data and information on a topic of their choosing. This paper will be developed and refined into a final polished product.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level students and graduate students

Class Format:

Seminar-style, with short presentations and active discussion sessions