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Module BGU62063

This Module is offered by Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management (Prof. Disse ).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2021 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2021SS 2020WS 2019/20

Basic Information

BGU62063 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


What ecological, economic and social challenges do cities face with regard to climate change and redensification?
How can interdisciplinary approaches to solutions be developed?
What are the interfaces/encounters from the different disciplines on the topic of "City & Water"?

These and other questions are aimed at the core areas of a liveable city and this requires the interdisciplinary networking of planners, engineers, natural scientists, social scientists, economists and life scientists.

The following contents will be dealt with in the course:
- Identification of the networking of engineers, architects, natural scientists, social scientists, economists and life scientists.
- Exploration of new, interdisciplinary basic knowledge
- Exploration of interfaces/synergies and contradictions on the topic of the city through different disciplines. Disciplines
- Identification, analysis and, if necessary, further development of relevant urban systems
- Impulses for the transformation of our living environments
- Development of new research questions
- Development of new, theoretical approaches to solutions

In the course of the lecture, representatives from various disciplines will present and discuss the following topics on the main theme
of "City & Water":
- Urban River Restoration
- Urban Green Infrastructure
- Climate Change
- Flood Resilience
- Sponge-City
- Real Estate
- Urban Agriculture
- Urban Water Management
- Water Rights– Water Governance
- Water Quality in Megacities
- Blue-Green Cities in Germany

Within the specific topics, the following general topics are also addressed:
- City
- Landscape
- Sociology
- Regional Planning
- Health
- Water/Wastewater
- Pollutants
- Energy
- Economics
- Law
- Climate Change
- Natural Hazards
- Ecology

The contents and topics are taught in the form of lectures. Graphics, pictures and short films are used to illustrate the topics.
In addition, interesting articles and literature recommendations are made available for download via Moodle.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module, the students are able to evaluate the subject-related and interdisciplinary
interactions (synergies, potentials, contradictions) with regard to focal topic "City & Water".



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Eckert, D. Lang, W. Schwering, K. eLearning

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture series.
Experts from interdisciplinary subject areas are involved in the lecture series. The teaching content of the lecture is conveyed
through tandem lectures. These lectures are intended to sensitise students to the main topic "City & Water", to encourage them to discuss the content
and to give them insights into the subject area from different specialist perspectives.


PowerPoint presentation, live feedback, blackboard work, video or appropriate on-line media.


Wang, Xiaochang C.; Fu, Guangtao (2021): Water-Wise Cities and Sustainable Water Systems: Concepts, Technologies, and Applications: IWA Publishing.
Grant, Gary (2016): The Water Sensitive City. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Haass, Heiner (2010): StadtWasser. Wasserkonzepte in der Stadtplanung. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer-IRB-Verl. (StadtGestaltung).
Russell, James S.: The Agile City. Building Well-being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change. Washington DC, 2011.
Bott, H., Grassl, G.C., & Anders, S. (2014). Nachhaltige Stadtplanung: Konzepte für nachhaltige Quartiere. [München]: Detail.
Ekardt, F. (2016). Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit: Ethische, rechtliche, politische und transformative Zugänge - am Beispiel von Klimawandel, Ressourcenknappheit und Welthandel (2., vollständig überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Friedman, T. L. (2009). Hot, flat, and crowded: Why we need a green revolution--and how it can renew America (Release 2.0, updated and expanded ; 1st Picador ed.). New York: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. L., & Randers, J. (1992). [Hauptband] (6. Aufl.). Die neuen Grenzen des Wachstums: die Lage der Menschheit: Bedrohung und Zukunftschancen / Donella H. Meadows: A. Stuttgart: Dt. Verl.-Anst.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

By means of comprehension questions in a written exam (90 minutes), it is tested to what extent the students have acquired the theoretical
basic knowledge of "City & Water", understand the interdisciplinary interactions and evaluate these in action.
Answering the questions requires the students to formulate their own answers. The content taught in the lecture course is tested under
time pressure and without aids.
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