UCT1 - Sustainable Water Management in Africa
23 July 2018 – 3 August 2018
Hosted by the University of Cape Town
The ‘Sustainable Water Management in Africa’ course at UCT is aimed at the next generation of critical thinkers. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to critically engage with the environmental, technical, socio-cultural, economic and political challenges of water demand, supply and treatment to create an understanding of the role of water in society and in sustaining livelihoods. The course provides the necessary contextual information to allow people from any background to participate meaningfully, and students from the African continent as well as South Africa will also be encouraged to apply.
Objectives of the course include: providing key theoretical themes and concepts; exposure to the African context; and facilitating critical thinking and analysis to foster paradigm shifts through engagement with both practical applications and intractable problems. Interactive time is focused on discussion, debate, and tactile engagement through workshops and serious games / activities.
The desired outcome of this course is to challenge participants to consider water in a new way, and to enable them to be able to apply learnings in their own context.
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Tuition FeesUSD 1,000 including Programme Coordination & Academic Component
AccommodationUSD 825 (including any deposits)
Field TripUSD 425 including excursions (transport & entry fees) to local attraction sites ie. Cape Point, Robben Island and field trip to the Water Hub in Franschhoek
Miscellaneous FeesUSD 520 Group Facilitation
Living ExpensesUSD 230 including programme meals (lunches & closing dinner)
VisaVisa requirements are country specific & each student must ensure they check the RSA entry requirements that apply to their particular passports. Visa fees are for students’ own costs.
The Water Hub, Franschhoek
The course is targeted to honors/4th year undergraduate students, Master students, and PhD students. 3rd year undergraduate students may also apply with exceptions.
No prior knowledge of water is required.
The course is offered as an inter-disciplinary course that will benefit from a cohort of students from diverse educational backgrounds and level of qualifications. Candidates should be able to communicate well in English.
Lectures, interactive discussion, debate, tactile engagement
Daily online quizzes, four interactive short activities and a group assignment
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
24 credits (notionally equates to 240 hours of study time – 80 hours of which will be direct / contact time with the students [64 hours in lectures / symposia and 16 hours on the field trip) and 160 hours of which the students are expected to spend on self-study.
The course will run over a 12-day period (Mon through to Fri week) with the Saturday and Sunday as free days, and one day will likely be spent in a research symposium. The field trip will occupy two days out of Cape Town. All other days will be run as 8 hour contact days, with the expectation of some preparatory self-study on 5 evenings.
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Prof Neil Armitage Dr Kirsty Carden
Prof George Ekama Prof Kobus van Zyl
Prof Sue Harrison Dr Jennifer Broadhurst
Dr Cheri Young Prof Horman Chitonge
Prof Mugsy Spiegel Dr Kevin Winter
Prof Aqiel Dalvie Dr Tom Sanya
Dr Gareth Haysom Ms Bernelle Verster
- Students must arrive by: 22 July, the Sunday prior to the start of the programme.
- Students will be able to check in from 2 p.m.
- Check-out date: 4 August, the Saturday after the end of the programme
Students have the option to stay longer, at their own cost, and provided the accommodation facility is alerted in good time to ensure availability of rooms.
Required and / or Recommended Insurance(s)
All students must secure a comprehensive insurance policy from their home country, covering all aspects of their visit to RSA (including travel insurance, medical care, accident & emergency cover, repatriation etc.)