Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completion of the course the student

  • Understands the key characteristics of water governance and its link to sustainability [knowledge]
  • Recognises the key institutions and actors related to water governance in different settings [knowledge]
  • Understands the role of legislation in relation to water management and governance [knowledge]
  • Can apply selected approaches and methods for water governance analysis [skill]
  • Is able to work in an interactive manner as part of a group, including reading and discussing scientific literature [identity]


Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2019 - 26.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marko Keskinen, Marko Keskinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marko Keskinen, Marko Keskinen

Contact information for the course (valid 04.12.2018-21.12.2112):

For information on the course, contact Responsible Teachers and Course Coordinators during the Contact Sessions, or send email to wat-e2080 (at) 

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The main themes of the course include water governance and its key elements at different scales; policy-making and institutions in water resources management; and water-related laws and agreements as well as impact assessment and permitting processes.

    Methodologically, the course introduces the student to basic approaches and methods related to governance analysis through a Case study. 


  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is part of our Master's Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering (WAT), and it provides you with an in-depth introduction to broad issue of governance in relation to water management. 

    The course combines the theory of key elements of water governance (introduced through Contact Sessions) with practical case studies, focusing on different governance contexts (presented during Case Study Sessions).

    For more information, see MyCourses pages.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact Sessions, individual assignments and group work.

    Assessment of the course is based on individual assignments and group work activities as well as Peer and Self Assessment. 


  • Applies in this implementation:

    For details on assessment/evaluation, see Course Assessment & Feedback sub-page in MyCourses. 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Material given during the lectures and in MyCourses. Students are also expected to search for additional material during the group work.


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    WAT-E1100 Water and Environmental Engineering, or equivalent knowledge.


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Schedule can be found in MyCourses main page, and is confirmed during the first Contact Session.