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)prof. dr. ir. RA Boelens
TA Vogel, MSc
dr. SE Werners
D Stoltenborg, MSc
M del Pozo Garcia
dr. ir. L Fleskens
dr. ir. GE van Halsema
dr. ir. JD Hoogesteger Van Dijk
dr. Huerta Lwanga
dr. ir. EJJ van Slobbe
WJ Smolenaars
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. RA Boelens

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Field Work Safety

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 of 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 in the region of Valencia, Spain. Project cases are identified with local and regional land and water management organizations 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 the Valencia Region. Lectures and literature 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): These two weeks are spent on data collection, analysis and design of interventions;
- phase 4: (Week 8; full days): Students analyse the data, present their results to peers and the commissioner, write and finalize their report, incorporate feedback from the commissioner/peers and deliver any other product agreed upon 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 apply knowledge from different disciplines to analyze a land and water management problem 
- set up, present and execute an interdisciplinary academic research/consultancy project in communication with a commissioner;
- design interdisciplinary land and water management interventions and/or assess the performance of existing land and water management practices from an interdisciplinary perspective;
- apply interdisciplinary research and data collection methods and techniques;
- present and defend project findings and/or proposed interventions to the commissioner and peers in a professional manner;
- implement and experience reflective- and team learning.


- attend lectures and workshops; 
- prepare a research or consultancy project plan in the field of land and water management in consultation with a commissioner; 
- apply and use field research methods to analyze land and water management issues; 
- carry out research concerning the effects of different land and water use systems; 
- present conclusions coherently to peers and commissioner;
- prepare an academic project report';
- engage in reflexive personal and team learning with the support of a coach


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 of the course which will be available to the students on the Brightspace course site.
Assessment elements:
- personal development and self-assessment plan (Go/No Go);
- project proposal (15%);
- project report (50%);
- presentations proposal and final report (go/no go);
- 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 Brightspace.

Compulsory for: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMSc6WD