Course Description

Water Sanitation and Justice, SOCY 173

This is an undergraduate course suitable for majors in a wide range of disciplines including Sociology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Politics, Economics and Anthropology. It will explore the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice and injustice while illustrating analytical ideas connecting to a range of social processes including urbanization and infrastructure development, deprivation and exclusion, privatization of land and water and claims for human rights. Students will learn from a range of cases in the global south and the global north and learn to use key technical and social concepts to address and discuss rights, equity, and justice with respect to water and sanitation.

Key Information

Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Sociology

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - One course towards Social Science requirement (must be taken for letter grade)

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: PE-E
Major Requirement: satisfies upper division elective requirement for Sociology majors

Prerequisites

None

Course Creator

Ben Crow
Ben Crow is a professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. He trained and worked as an engineer in London and Africa, and was an activist and volunteer in South Asia, before becoming a social scientist. His PhD is from Edinburgh University in Scotland, and he taught at the Open University in UK and at Stanford and UC Berkeley before coming to UCSC. He has done research on conflict and cooperation over international rivers in South Asia, leading to a book Sharing the Ganges: the politics and technology of river development; on traders, township markets and the making of social classes in rural Bangladesh (Markets, Class and Social Change: Trading Networks and Poverty in South Asia); on global inequalities (The UC Atlas of Global Inequality (online) and The Atlas of Global Inequalities, with Suresh Lodha). Recent research studies how poor women, men and children gain access to water in urban slums in the global south, with a focus on cities in Kenya. He is in the early stages of a comparative study of cities in the south and north exploring ‘Urban capabilities and the transformation of women’s work.’  Ben Crow is a professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. He trained and worked as an engineer in London and Africa, and was an activist and volunteer in South Asia, before becoming a social scientist. His PhD is from Edinburgh University in Scotland, and he taught at the Open University in UK and at Stanford and UC Berkeley before coming to UCSC. He has done research on conflict and cooperation ...

Ben Crow is a professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. He trained and worked as an engineer in London and Africa, and was an activist and volunteer in South Asia, before becoming a social scientist. His PhD is from Edinburgh University in Scotland, and he taught at the Open University in UK and at Stanford and UC Berkeley before coming to UCSC. He has done research on conflict and cooperation over international rivers in South Asia, leading to a book Sharing the Ganges: the politics and technology of river development; on traders, township markets and the making of social classes in rural Bangladesh (Markets, Class and Social Change: Trading Networks and Poverty in South Asia); on global inequalities (The UC Atlas of Global Inequality (online) and The Atlas of Global Inequalities, with Suresh Lodha). Recent research studies how poor women, men and children gain access to water in urban slums in the global south, with a focus on cities in Kenya. He is in the early stages of a comparative study of cities in the south and north exploring ‘Urban capabilities and the transformation of women’s work.’ 

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