Up in the Air: Understanding Vulnerability When Toilets Fly

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Mar 07, 2016
Amy Krakowka Richmond, Suzanne Pierce, Gautam Sethi

The goal of this case study is to encourage students to develop an appreciation for systems thinking through the construction of a conceptual model of household vulnerability in Uganda. Students will work in small teams to review vulnerability literature and studies focused on Uganda.  Students will then use that information to construct a concept map that highlights the linkages among multiple variables and identify points of intervention that are effective in reducing household vulnerability and improving coping capacity to various stressors.

Estimated time frame: 
Multiple class periods
SES learning goals: 
  • Understand the structure and behavior of socio-environmental systems
  • Consider the importance of scale and context in addressing socio-environmental problems
  • Co-develop research questions and conceptual models in inter- or trans-disciplinary teams
  • Find, analyze, and synthesize existing data, concepts, or methods
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