Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Living with Rivers
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 5 minute Group multimedia outreach material  (e.g. film, animation, story map)  25%
Semester Assessment 12 minute Group role-play presentation  25%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word consultancy report  50%
Supplementary Assessment 500 word individual outreach poster  25%
Supplementary Assessment 12 minute individual presentation  25%
Supplementary Assessment 2,500 word consultancy report  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Characterize the complex historical and contemporary inter-relationships between rivers and society.

Critically evaluate the various challenges related to managing rivers and water resources in a variety of contexts.

Critically evaluate the most effective methods for communicating scientific/academic concepts to various publics.

Brief description

Rivers have been crucial for the development of civilizations through the provision of water resources, enabling trade and economic development, and providing floodplain environments on which a wide variety of anthropogenic activities (e.g. agriculture) can occur. They can, however, be destructive and dangerous landscape features through flooding and erosion. In Living with Rivers, students will explore the binary relationship between rivers and society and complex environmental, political, social, economic and cultural factors that have recently been called ‘socio-hydrology’. Through case studies based on cutting-edge research, and a local fieldtrip, students will also explore how to communicate water-related scientific/academic concepts to policy-makers and other publics. Assessment will focus on real-world river management problems.


1) Socio-hydrology and water in the Anthropocene
2) Rivers in the Holocene: responses to climate, agriculture and the 'hydraulic mission'
3) River governance - the politics and economics of water
4) Living with flooding 1 - traditional approaches and their implications
5) Living with flooding 2 - alternative approaches and associated challenges
6) The environmental impacts of dam-building
7) The social, political and cultural impacts of dam-building
8) Pollution - heavy metals
9) Pollution - plastics, agricultural inputs
10) Climate change impacts on river systems

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not specifically developed or assessed
Communication Developed and assessed - students will be asked to deliver a non-assessed presentation in seminars and will be required to communicate orally and in written form in the coursework. Appropriate and effective communication of scientific/academic findings is one of the LOs.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed but not assessed.
Information Technology Developed and assessed - students will use a variety of IT in the module (e.g. word-processing, presentations, GIS).
Personal Development and Career planning Developed but not assessed - coursework based on real-world examples and role-play exercise will motivate consideration of future careers.
Problem solving Developed and assessed - students will be asked to consider the most appropriate solution to a challenging river management problem.
Research skills Developed and assessed - coursework will require independent reading of both academic and industry-related literature.
Subject Specific Skills Developed and assessed - coursework will require use of GIS.
Team work Developed and assessed - students will work in groups for two out of three assessments.


This module is at CQFW Level 6