Sustainable Area Development & Integrated Water Management

Course typeExchange
Course sectorLife Science
Course duration5 months
ECTS30
SemesterFall (Sept. - Jan.)
LocationDeventer
For partners ofSchool of Governance, Law & Urban Development

Prepare yourself for a professional career! This cannot be done by lectures and books only, but needs application of knowledge in real life practical situations (projects). At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development we work in projects, where students from different disciplines, like Environmental Science, Urban Planning and Regional Development work together to analyse situations and design solutions. Every student brings his/her own expertise and cultural background. Project work requires basic theoretical understanding from several fields of study and many different skills like co-operation skills, negotiating skills, communication skills, cultural awareness and research skills (methodology).

Examples of these projects are the redesign of a harbour area or the design of a new housing district, an Environmental Impact Assessments for a new airport, railroad, or a river by-pass. To conduct these researches students are trained in the aforementioned professional skills. To learn the basic concepts, lectures and excursions are organized.

Exchange students can select units from the list below. According to the EU-regulations students have to obtain at least 15 ECTS.

Induction period (1 ECTS) - Compulsory:

  • Getting familiar with living environment, facilities of university and teaching and learning strategies.

Sustainable Area Development (8 ECTS):

Interdisciplinary project for Sustainable Area Development, Environmental Strategic Planning as a policy instrument

  • Developing sustainable scenario’s and identifying indicators for environmental and spatial quality.
  • Research Methodologies of integral area development and Environmental Impact Assessment: prediction of effects, scenario development, Multi-Criteria Analysis, potential solutions.

Professional Skills Training (5 ECTS) - Compulsory:

  • Methods of Research,
  • Communication skills,
  • Co-operation skills,
  • Geographical Information Systems.

Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Development (12 ECTS):

  • Lectures, Excursions and Seminar presentations
  • Individual Research Project.

Lectures and assignments in one of the following majors (6 ECTS each):

  • Environmental Science, or
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Students can compose a 30 ECTS programme with written (English) exams, group work and individual assignment(s).

Before you can be admitted to this course you need to have a secondary school certificate and a minimum of two years of higher education in a similar field of expertise.

The programme is open for students from Erasmus partner universities and other Non-Eu partners of the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.

The semester is taught in English. Applicants need an IELTS academic level of 6,0 or higher. Please check the general entry requirements, including other accepted languages tests and proofs.