853320 Field trip - recreation planning

Field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


The Covid 19 pandemic has left its mark on the Vienna Woods. Shifts and changes due to the increased use of recreational areas by the local population are becoming evident. The basis of the changes are found in altered user behavior and tourism strategies, pressure from heightened use of selected areas and resulting conflicts, as well as shifting values and a shifting awareness of the population in regard to the human-nature relationship.

Divided into thematic groups, the students will investigate scientific studies and reports from the media to lay the foundation for the field trip. Each group will investigate a different focal point: altered user behavior, growing day tourism, conflicts of use, regional awareness, human-nature relationship during the pandemic, changing values and individualization in recreation.

On the days spent in the field, relevant stakeholders will share their experiences of changes occurring since the beginning of the pandemic. We will speak (presumably in German) with representatives of relevant local institutions (e.g. agriculture and forestry, Naturfreunde, Vienna Woods Tourism, etc.). Students will collect data on recent developments empirically and analyse these in the final group paper.

Grading is based on participation, literature review and analysis of the findings from the field trip which will be summarized in the final group paper.

Arrival and departure to the meeting points of the field trip are to be organized individually. However, these will be reachable by public transportation.

Previous knowledge expected

literature review (will be discussed on 30.3.2021)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understanding the challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic on regional recreation planning
Understanding a variety of stakeholder perspectives and their relevance for recreation planning
Analysis of how local tourism strategies address increased user numbers and potential conflicts
Basic understanding of human-nature relationship, values and awareness in recreation use
Expanding methodological abilities: literature review & analysis, stakeholder discussions & interviews, collection & analysis of empirical data
Collaborative research
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.