Water as life, death, and power: Building an integrated interdisciplinary course combining perspectives from anthropology, biology, and chemistry

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Cathy Willermet Anja Mueller Stephen J. Juris Eron Drake Samik Upadhaya Pratik Chhetri

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In response to a request from a campus student organization, faculty from three fields came together to develop and teach an integrated interdisciplinary course on water issues and social activism. This course, “Water as Life, Death, and Power”, brought together topics from the fields of anthropology, biology and chemistry to explore water rights, access to clean water, and water treatment methods. Students enrolled in the course developed interdisciplinary projects related to a variety of local and global water issues to present real-world solutions at a university-wide student research showcase. This article describes the process by which the faculty learning community designed the course as a truly integrated whole, and reflects on the challenges and rewards of teaching a course in this way.

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Willermet, C., Mueller, A., Juris, S., Drake, E., Upadhaya, S., & Chhetri, P. (2013). Water as life, death, and power: Building an integrated interdisciplinary course combining perspectives from anthropology, biology, and chemistry. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(5), 106-124. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/josotl/article/view/3875
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Cathy Willermet, Central Michigan University

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Anja Mueller, Central Michigan University

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Stephen J. Juris, Central Michigan University

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Eron Drake, Central Michigan University

Assistant Director, Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching

Samik Upadhaya, Central Michigan University

Graduate Assistant, Department of Chemistry

Pratik Chhetri, Central Michigan University

Graduate Assistant, Department of Chemistry