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: 07.01.2025 - 20.02.2025

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 related implementation processes.

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


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact Sessions, individual assignments, group work.


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

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III

    Registration: Max 30 students
    Registration for the course through Sisu. Limited amount of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to WAT Master's Students. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.