934311 Livelihood system dynamics in rural development

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


In the course „Livelihood system dynamics in rural development“, we look in detail at how rural population in the global South manage their livelihoods. We focus on challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of natural resources.

The sustainable livelihoods enables us to analyse people's livelihood strategies, and by applying the approach to case studies we use systems thinking to identify weaknesses and strengths of real livelihood systems. You will gain a sound understanding of the approach and its potential for being used in development processes and in your personal career.

Previous knowledge expected

an advantage, but not required:

169.401 Development Innovation

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Describe the sustainable livelihoods approach.
Explain the systems approach to sustainable livelihoods in the context of rural development.
Apply the sustainable livelihoods approach to a sector and case relevant to your discipline (organic farming, water management, horticulture, etc).
Debate on the lessons of using the sustainable livelihoods approach for your professional career.
Propose applications of the sustainable livelihood approach.
Summarize the challenges and opportunities of using the sustainable livelihoods approach in rural development.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.