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: 12.01.2021 - 02.03.2021

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 (applies in this implementation):

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. 


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. 



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