934312 Facilitating change for sustainable development

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Volcic, Valerija , De Faria, Alexandre , Hauser, Michael
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Sustainable development is made by people - those who actually change their attitudes, expand their knowledge and adapt their daily working practices. Facilitating such a change process is theoretically discussed and tried out in „Facilitating change for sustainable development“.

We set off from conventional agricultural development models and identify their iherent weaknesses. Proposing means to overcome barriers towards sustainable development, we will formulate good learning practices in adult learning settings. Applying facilitation methods and getting to know different method families, you will be able to appreciate your role as change facilitator for sustainable development.

Previous knowledge expected

an advantage, but not required:
169.401 Development Innovation
169.304 Livelihood system dynamics in rural development

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Recall conventional development models and alternative approaches.
Identify good learning principles for facilitating a change process with adult groups.
Understand the importance of group dynamics for facilitation processes.
Explain constructivist perspectives on learning.
Apply facilitation methods in the role of a “change facilitator”.
Compare conventional development models and alternative approaches.
Debate on the challenge of translating program goals into real interaction.
Propose means to overcome barriers towards a new professionalism in agricultural development.
Organise facilitation methods into method families.
Relate constructivist learning theory to change processes in development.
Appreciate the position of a facilitator in a change process.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.