IWE-20806 Irrigation and Development


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. GJA Veldwisch
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JA Bolding
dr. ir. E Rap
dr. ir. GJA Veldwisch
dr. ir. P Wester
prof. dr. ir. RA Boelens
Examiner(s)prof. dr. LF Vincent

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:


Continuation courses:

Research Approaches to ILWM (IWE-32306), Water Institutions, Reforms and Equity (WIRE) (IWE-31306)


The course Irrigation and Development is intended for students planning to do research on the role of irrigation in development. The course serves as an analytical introduction to contemporary irrigation issues and debates, and aims to train students in translating irrigation design and management issues into research topics. An interdisciplinary approach for analysing irrigation water management practices is presented, in which the technical, organizational and political dimensions of irrigation situations are dealt with simultaneously. An important aim of the course is that the participants develop their own vision on the debates pertaining to irrigation and development, by understanding and engaging with the paradigms underlying these debates. To achieve these aims, special attention is given to developing a crucial academic skill, namely analysing scientific texts.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, the students should be:
- able to explain their position (both verbally and in writing) in different debates on irrigation, development, and water management;
- able to apply the analytical frameworks presented in the course on concrete cases; and
- capable of analyzing and reproducing scientific arguments from scientific texts.


The course consists of lectures, and group discussions and assignments. During the lectures academic staff clarify the various topics. Case studies are presented and discussed. The study materials consist of a reader and lecture handouts. Assigments are discussed in groups of 5 people. The lecturer will give feedback to the discussion group and mark the assigment.


Based on marked assigment.


The course reader is available with the IWE secretariat.

Compulsory for: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScB: Irrigation and Water Management1MO