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Course Catalog 2013-2014

KEB-25206 International Water Policy and Management, 3 cr

Additional information

The course is organized every second year. The course will be lectured in the academic year 2013-2014.
Suitable for postgraduate studies

Person responsible

Pekka Pietilä, Tapio Katko


Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer Implementations Lecture times and places



 3 h/week

KEB-25206 2013-01 Thursday 12 - 15, FC117


Attendance in lessons, groupwork, seminars and a possible workshop.
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Principles and baselines related to teaching and learning

The course is based on active student-student-teacher interaction. Lectures and other material form a knowledge base the students can utilize in classroom discussions and in their small research report. A vital part of the course are small assignments the students will carry out either individually or in groups.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, the student will be able to distinguish the diversity of institutional arrangements and the variety of stakeholders in the water sector. The student will be able to analyze the roles of key stakeholders and their interrelations. The student will also be able to analyze the reasons why water sector policies and management practices vary in different countries, and within a country. A vital part of the course are small assignments, where the students analyze a report/document(s), summarize main findings , and discuss those in the classroom with other students and teachers.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Institutional development and governance of water sector  Total water management vs. Integrated water resources management. Institutional arrangements in the water sector in general and in a number of case countries. The role of various stakeholders and their change over time. UN and other international agencies.  Legislation related to water sector governance in a number of selected countries 
2. Major stakeholders of water sector  What are the roles, requirements, limitations and relationships of different stakeholders. Differences between countries and their reasons.  Deeper understanding of stakeholders in a number of case countries. 
3. Public-private and public-public cooperation  Development trends in partnerships in particular over the last two decades, but also in historical perspective. Current situation in a number of countries and experiences gained.   Major private sector players in the water sector. A number of examples of public-private and public-public cooperation. 
4. Sustainability, viability, long-term changes and lessons  Role of water in human activities and in a society. Development trends and their relation to sustainability and viability. Path-dependence and its importance in the water sector.  Sustainability and viability in water service provision 

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The course grade is based on a) participation and the activity of the student during classroom discussions, b) small assignments (written summaries of selected documents/reports), and c) oral presentations of the assignments. To pass the course with the grade 3 the student has to show activity during classroom situations, the assignments have to be properly compiled and the oral presentations on standard level. To pass with the grade 4 the student has to be present in all sessions, take actively part in discussions, show competence in assignments in analyzing points specified in column "Complementary knowledge". The student may achieve grade 5 if he/she is additionally able to demonstrate good command of points specified in column "Special knowledge".

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Prerequisite relations (Requires logging in to POP)

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
KEB-25206 International Water Policy and Management, 3 cr BIO-5206 International Water Policy and Management, 3 cr  

More precise information per implementation

Implementation Description Methods of instruction Implementation
KEB-25206 2013-01        

Last modified27.02.2013