Master’s studies

Syllabus for Water and Society

Vatten och samhälle


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1HY043
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F, Sustainable Development A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2015-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-09-23
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2016
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change, 10 credits, or Our Natural Resources, 10 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the main processes through which human systems impact water systems, and vice versa
  • Discuss the analytical frameworks dealing with the interplay between hydrology and society
  • Explain the dynamics emerging from the interactions and feedback mechanisms between hydrological and social processes that are relevant for a sustainable management of water resources.


History of water management: from hydraulic works to integrated water resources management (IWRM). Alteration of hydrological regimes caused by land-use changes and urbanisation. Policies and activities (channels, dams and reservoirs) implemented by societies to cope with water availability and water demand. Societal response to hydrological changes, water governance, and impact of hydrological extremes. The role of culture, technology, economy and climate in shaping the dynamic interplay between hydrology and society. Interdisciplinary frameworks dealing with the interactions and feedbacks between water and human systems: from social-ecological systems to socio-hydrology.


Lectures, seminars and exercises.


Participation in seminars (1 credit), written and oral presentations (1 credit), and a written exam (3 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2016

  • Water Resources Systems Planning and Management: An Introduction to Methods, Models and Applications Loucks, D.P.; van Beek, E.; Stedinger, J.; Dijkman, J.P.M.; Villars M.T.,

    Cornell University, NY, USA, 2005


  • A selection of scientific articles assigned by the lecturers

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