WRM-60309 Sustainable Land and Water Management in Spain


Credits 9.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical160
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JD Hoogesteger Van Dijk
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. L Fleskens
prof. dr. ir. RA Boelens
dr. ir. GE van Halsema
dr. ir. JD Hoogesteger Van Dijk
dr. ir. EJJ van Slobbe
D Stoltenborg, MSc
dr. Huerta Lwanga
M del Pozo Garcia
LM Hommes
TA Vogel, MSc
WJ Smolenaars
MT Wessels
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. RA Boelens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

We assume students have a general understanding of land and water management issues and how these result from the interactions between people, technology and resources. Students must have acquired this knowledge through either: a BSc related to the field of land and water management, relevant work experience and/or admission to the Masters International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University.  Additionally we assume students have successfully passed and dominate the knowledge and skills as set out in the core courses of the MSc International Land and Water Management (WRM-32306 Research Approaches to Land and Water Management, and at least two of the following courses: SLM-30806 Land Degradation & Development and/or SLM 31306 Fundamentals of Land Management; WRM-34806 Water, Society & Technology - concepts and debates, and/or WRM 34306 Water System Design for Water Use from Multiple Sources; or WSG-33806 Integrated Water Management and/or WSG 34806 Climate Change Adaptation in Water Management).


Continuation courses:

MSc Theses and internships for the MSc International Land and Water Management of Wageningen University.


In this course, students of different nationalities and disciplinary backgrounds work in small groups (4-6 students) on projects that relate to real life problems related to land or water management issues in the region of Valencia, Spain. Project cases are identified with local and regional land and water management organisations and research institutions who act as commissioners for the cases.
The course consists of four phases:
- phase 1: (Week 1-4; half days): Occurs at Wageningen University, where attention is paid to the specific land and water management problems in different watersheds in Valencia. Lectures and literature will focus on the technical and socio-organizational dimensions of land and water management, and contextualize problems within the framework of the institutional and policy environment. In small groups, students develop, articulate and present their proposals;
- phase 2: (Week 5; full days): Consists of fieldwork in Spain with excursions, field practicals and the finalization of the proposal;
- phase 3: (Week 6-7; full days): The next two weeks are spent on data collection, analysis, design of interventions;
- phase 4: (Week 8; full days): Students are expected to analyse the data, incorporate feedback from the commissioner, write a concise report, and give a presentation or deliver any other product agreed on with the commissioner. During all phases the students are coached on personal development, intercultural communication and team roles by the process coaches.

Learning outcomes:

This course is the final course of the first year of the MSc study International Land and Water Management, in which the theoretical concepts learned in earlier courses are further elaborated, integrated and applied in practice. Furthermore, the students will be trained in project management, teamwork and reflexive learning and design.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- integrate and use knowledge from different disciplines to analyse a land and water management problem and set up, present and execute a research/project plan on the basis of their academic knowledge, skills and attitudes;
- determine with a team, and in communication with a commissioner, the goals of a project and formulate an interdisciplinary project plan;
- execute a project plan effectively at an appropriate academic level;
- investigate and analyse the relations between soil, water, land use and land management within the agro-ecological, socio-economic and political environment;
- analyse and assess the physical and socio-economic effects of land and water management interventions within a watershed, at various management levels;
- design, in collaboration with a commissioner, land and water measures or management and organizational concepts, and assess the performance of existing land and water infrastructure and management practices;
- develop practical skills in data collection and research methods;
- bring together and present field research plans and conclusions to the commissioner and to peers in a coherent manner, defend views and conclusions in a professional, academically appropriate and representative manner;
- implement and experience reflective- and team learning.


- to attend lectures and workshops;
- to prepare a research plan about land and water management and policies in Spain in consultation with commissioner;
- to implement several important land and water management field research methods;
- to carry out research concerning the effects of different land and water use systems;
- to present conclusions coherently to peers and commissioner.


Assessment is based on the quality of the proposal and research report, presentations, participation and personal development, and the team and individual process. All assessment element should be at least 5.0. The assessment elements described below are evaluated according to the assessment plan and rubric in 'Assessment rubric WRM60309.xls', which will be available to the students on the BlackBoard course site.
Assessment elements:
- personal development and self-assessment plan (Go/No Go);
- research/project proposal (15%);
- research/project report/product (40%);
- presentations proposal and final report (10%);
- research competence (10%);
- process: individual (20%);
- process: team (5%);
- contribution to Spain database (Pass/Fail).


- course reader;
- practical manual;
- proposal writing guidelines;
- reader Communication and Personal Development;
- study material and literature to be distributed during the course. All this material will be placed on MyPortal.

Compulsory for: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMSc6WD