732307 Participation and conflict resolution

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Scherhaufer, Patrick
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


In the course, the processes and dynamics of conflicts are explored and possibilities to avoid the escalation of conflicts discussed. Conflicts and approaches to their deliberative/participative management will be examined from a social science perspective (human-human relations). The following topics will be dealt with:
- The main features of liberal and participatory theories of democracy
- The role of conflict in democracy: destructive force or motor for social change?
- Participation in democracy
- Conflict analysis as a first step towards conflict resolution
- Models of conflict resolution ("technocracy" versus "participation")
- Chances and limits of participation procedures and models

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The aim of the course "Participation and Conflict Management" is to familiarise participants with concepts of participation and conflict management in order to ...
- identify deliberative or participatory decision-making in individual case areas (e.g. nature and species conservation, energy/climate, transport/mobility),
- successfully apply social science strategies and methods to analyse conflicts of interest,
- to learn the basics of participation and to apply appropriate process designs,
- to recognise one's own role in the democratic process and to localise possibilities for shaping it in professional practice.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.