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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.
Jordan is one of the driest countries on the planet and declining rainfall is negatively affecting economic development. In the capital, Amman, learn about technologies for sustainable water use and treated wastewater reuse, renewable energy, and organic farming. Explore human-centered design by developing a project that addresses the needs of a Jordanian community. Visit the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and water treatment plants to learn about local and regional issues of arid countries and how scarcity plays a role in the larger dynamics of the Middle East. You’ll be exposed to different perspectives on resource management during the homestay in Amman and field visits with Bedouin families in the desert.
- Learn about the issues of arid countries and their local and regional dynamics.
- Explore technologies for sustainable water use and treated wastewater reuse.
- Assess the needs of a local community or business to identify an engineering problem.
- Site visits to Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, water treatment plants and Bedouin communities.