In this module we will be considering the many issues related to environmental health. We will be looking specifically at issues of global water scarcity, desertification, and sanitation. Students will utilize the theory of Structural Violence to analyze the social, cultural, economic, political and historical issues that underlie global water scarcity. Foucault’s theory of Biopower and Merton’s Theory of the Unintended Consequences of Purposive Social Action are both useful in understanding the significant criticism of Community-led Sanitation programs (CLTS). The work of Yacouba Sawadago, a farmer from Burkina Faso, in the fight against desertification, serves to call into question Western ethnocentric ideas about who is capable of making a significant difference in environmental health problems.
By the completion of this module, the student should be able to do the following:
Narrated Power Point:
Reaction and Reflection: Environmental Health
Students will complete a written assignment that asks them to engage with the assigned readings, videos, and film, note their immediate reactions to the materials and reflect on their reactions and the ideas presented in the assigned materials. Students should record their reactions and reflections on the Reaction & Reflection worksheet and upload it to the dropbox by the due date.