WATR411-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Water Governance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the governance of freshwater resources from a social-ecological systems perspective. The course will explore water science and management as embedded in complex social and ecological contexts, shaped by interactions among culture, politics, economics and ecologies. Drawing on examples from local to global, the course will examine major paradigms of water resource management, and how these are applied and contested by diverse societal actors and stakeholders in politics and decision-making at different scales, incorporating examples from Aotearoa New Zealand.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 213 Geol Engineering Lab
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Sunday 08:30 - 15:30 7 Aug - 13 Aug

Course Coordinator

Edward Challies


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Individual short essay 10% Individual short essay
Group project report 50% Group project report
Individual video presentation 20% Individual video presentation
Individual learning reflection 20% Individual learning reflection

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,125.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the departments and faculties page .

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