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: 10.01.2022 - 02.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course components are valid until the next time the course is given or unless explicitly agreed otherwise with the teacher in charge.

    As the student groups are formed at the beginning of the course, participation in the course is confirmed by attending the first Contact Session. Due to the course format, participation in other sessions is required as well. 


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Limited amount of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own WAT Master s Students. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.

    The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.