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Water and Development

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On completing this module, students should be able to understand the role and implications of water resources management in sustainable development; to understand the relevance of environmental, socio-economic and political dimensions of water use and allocation at various spatial scales ranging from the local community level to the international transboundary river basin level; to identify and critically assess the role of actors and institutions involved in water resources management and governance; to critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of existing water policy; to demonstrate critical thinking through both structured essay responses and seminar exercises; to identify and critically assess data and information through academic literature, newspapers, policy papers (and other grey literature), and websites.


The course is taught over 10 lectures and 10 seminars.

Method of assessment

The course is assessed by an essay worth 80%, and a presentation worth 20% of the overall grade.