PAP-54302 Water politics: theories and cases


Credits 2.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Group work2
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Dewulf
Lecturer(s)dr. JF Warner
dr. ir. JMC Vos
Examiner(s)dr. A Dewulf

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Assumed knowledge on:

Introductory course on environmental policy and governance


This course is part of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences Graduate programme in the MSc programmes MME, MID, MDR and MCH. You can register for the course via the registration form on the WASS website, For more information, please contact WASS via (practical information) or the course coordinator (course content).

This course is aimed at graduate programme and PhD students who want to deepen their knowledge about policy and governance theories in relation to water issues. Selected policy and governance theories (e.g. multiple streams framework, adaptive governance theory, decision-making theories, governmentality, vernacular management theories) will be discussed and applied to the water sector.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain selected theories of public policy and governance and apply them to water issues;
- analyse water policies, water reforms and water management practices in terms of public policy and governance concepts;
- assess water policies and governance arrangements in terms of effectiveness, equity and resilience.


- interactive flipped classroom lectures on selected public policy and governance theories, including presentation and discussion of key texts by the students;
- joint discussion and analysis of particular cases of water policies, water reforms and water management practices;
- writing an individual research paper, applying public policy and governance theories to a self-chosen water case;
- giving peer feedback on other students' draft research papers.


Examination will be based on individual research paper.