737311 Methods of social ecology: Social sciences and humanities

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Görg, Christoph , Winiwarter, Verena , Egner, Heike
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


The development of Social Ecology was accompanied by the development of a diverse spectrum of methods, which is basically interdisciplinary. This course is closely related to the courses on "Methods of Social Ecology", "Social Ecological Methods: Social Metabolism" and "Social Ecological Methods: Land Use Research". It concentrates on the social- and cultural science approaches. The seminar consists of three parts. In the first block, methodological challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary work from a social and cultural science perspective are discussed and approaches are presented on how to deal with the tension between scientific data and such perspectives ("method triangulation"). The second part focuses on qualitative social science methods that can be used to contribute to social-ecological research (especially related to transformation research: conflict and institutional analysis). The third part focuses on cultural science methods (anthropological, historical and communication science-based). Students will exemplary practice the methodological knowledge acquired in introductory lectures and through joint reading in group work.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the successful completion of the course
•students know basic social and cultural science methods of Social Ecology
•in the guided self-study, they have independently read the selected literature which describes or applies the methods
•they have gained practical experience of using some of these methods, and
•have reflected and presented their experiences
•they have applied and improved their communication and organisational skills in group work
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.