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Courses double degree master Water & Coastal Management

Global Changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a new mind-set towards water and coastal management problems. We train you to become an international expert in Coastal and Water Management, with two Master degrees one from the Carl-von-Ossietzky-University of Oldenburg and one from the University of Groningen! Become one of this new breed of water and coastal managers!

> Double degree master Water & Coastal Management


What will you learn?

The programme of the double degree master Water & Coastal Management consists of the following courses in 2016/2017. Click on the course title to go to the full course description, information about lecturers, literature and time period.

Carl-von-Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany (first year)

You can find an overview of the courses offered in Oldenburg on the website of the Carl von Ossietzky University

University of Groningen, Netherlands (second year)

Fieldwork Water Quality (5EC)

To gain an insight into different topics related to the management of water quality and the relationships between spatial planning and water quality. Example topics addressed in the course include: agriculture, pollution and water management; renewable energy and water; wetlands and water quality; water purification. Further aim of the fieldwork is to practice using different data collection methods ‘in the field’ by e.g. conducting an impact analysis of a coastal planning project. The course starts in Groningen with an introductory lecture about the management of water quality and an introduction to the context of Estonia, where you will spend one week doing fieldwork.

Lecturers: dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

Comparative Research and Planning Practice (5 EC)

The aim of this course is to compare planning systems, practices and cultures in different countries (with a focus on Europe and Asia) and to draw lessons from such comparisons. The course will provide an overview of related planning practices, systems and their institutional design. In order to set the context and to explain the history and development of a particular planning system, one individual country is at the focus of each lecture. Within the context of each country subsequently the key institutions, powers, limitations and strengths of the planning system are explored through an examination of particular tools, themes and techniques that operate within.

Lecturers: dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

EIP: Interactive Workshop (5 EC)

The course engages students interactively with seminal texts within environmental and infrastructure planning and enhances critical thinking on contemporary planning debates in theory and practice.

Lecturers: dr. Tim Busscher, dr. Ward Rauws, dr. F.M.G. Van Kann

Planning Theory (5 EC)

You will gain more in-depth knowledge of the theoretical background of planning in such a way that you can identify suitable existing planning and decision-making models for issues at hand. You will also be able to picture a planning issue within a theoretical frame, through which an approach and its consequences can be deducted.

Lecturer: prof. Gert de Roo

Dilemmas in Infrastructure Planning (5 EC)

This module examines planning approaches for various types of major infrastructure – with a focus on road infrastructure. The central theme of this module are the dilemmas, issues and tensions in infrastructure planning which relate to e.g.: development vs protection; short- vs long-term interests; local vs global issues, individual vs general interests, centralization vs decentralization, government vs market intervention, strategic vs operational decision-making; general regulations vs individual responsibility, rational technicalities vs communicative processes. These dilemmas will be illustrated by case studies in a series of lectures at the start of the course.

Lecturer: prof. Jos Arts, dr. T. Busscher, ir. W.L. Leendertse

Reinventing Environmental Planning (5 EC)

The aim of the course is to provide you with theories and concepts to critically reflect on recent changes in environmental planning towards more proactive and integrated approaches in various fields of environmental planning (such as energy, urban development, air policy, nature and climate change). After this course, you should understand the potentials and pitfalls of existing and recently emerging policy approaches and to understand the contextual conditions influencing these potentials and pitfalls. Based on this understanding, you should also be able to make well-argued choices between different planning strategies and measures when faced with different environmental issues and circumstances. In doing so, you should be able to use substantive information about environmental issues that they acquired during the course on several of the main environmental challenges that our 21st century societies face.

Lecturer: dr. Chris Zuidema

Transitions in Water Management (5 EC)

The aim of this course is to provide students with theories and concepts to describe and explain current water management issues, such as the introduction of the flood risk management approach, and related water management transitions. The course focuses in particular on the management of open water bodies or surface water in delta areas where rivers and coastal areas come together – on creating resilient delta areas. After following this course, students are able to suggest and develop possible water management strategies and measures to manage water transitions.

Lecturer: dr. Margo van den Brink

Masterthesis (20 EC)

The Master thesis involves an individual research project on issues relevant to environmental, infrastructure, and water planning. The aim of the project is to gain practical and comprehensive experience in doing scientific research.

Lecturer: dr. Ferry van Kann

Electives (10 EC)

For an overview of possible courses, please visit our course catalogue Ocasys


dr. Elen-Maarja Trell
dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

Programme coordinator

Double degree master Water & Coastal Management:

Dr. Elen-Maarja Trell

Laatst gewijzigd:27 november 2017 10:46