The Wealth of Water
The Value of an Essential Resource
Department of General Education
Mount Royal University
Division of Natural Science / College of General Studies
Many students take the availability of water for granted. This case study, which focuses on the Cochabamba water revolt in Bolivia, is designed to encourage students to think about water as a limited natural resource. Students learn about the limited nature of freshwater and the impact that access to clean water has on people across all socioeconomic demographics. Designed for a non-majors course in global ecology, the case could also be used in non-majors and majors courses in biology, environmental science, environmental policy, ethics, and international relations, among others.
- Understand the limited nature of freshwater.
- Appreciate that access to clean water is an issue that does not make distinctions between developed and developing countries.
- Critically evaluate opposing views on water privatization.
- Calculate and analyze data related to water consumption.
KeywordsFreshwater; water rights; water privatization; water consumption; water conflicts; developing world; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Bechtel
Topical AreasEthics, Policy issues, Social justice issues
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsInterrupted
Subject HeadingsEcology | Environmental Science | Natural Resource Management | Business / Management Science |