General information

Module title Water Management of the Far East countries
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Leszek Sobkowiak
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Lecturer position profesor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15


The course will be held on Mondays, in classroom No. 1 (Collegium Geographicum building), from 16:45 to 18:15. The first lecture is scheduled for Monday, 7th March.

Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is:- familiarize students with the history of water management of the Far East countries (China, N Korea, S Korea, Taiwan, Japan),- indicate the role of water management in development of history, culture and civilization of these countries,- introduce the legal and institutional bases of water management in the Far East,- point out the crucial role of rational water management, especially in the periods of dynamic socio-economic development of the East Asia countries,- identify areas of conflict at the national and international scale, caused by mismanagement of water resources; on this basis discuss the causes, consequences and possible solution to these conflicts.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge on geography of East Asia at the middle-school level


Week 1 Lecture 1 (2 hours): Achievements of ancient water engineering in China.Week 2 Lecture 2 (2 hours): Yellow River – cradle of Chinese civilization.Week 3 Lecture 3 (2 hours): History of water management in Beijing.Week 4 Lecture 4 (2 hours): Water management in selected regions of China – part 1.Week 5 Lecture 5 (2 hours): Water management in selected regions of China – part 2.Week 6 Lecture 6 (2 hours): Water management in North and South Korea.Week 7 Lecture 7 (2 hours): Water management in Taiwan and Japan.Week 8 Final written test (1 hour).

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