732327 Understanding and overcoming denial and hypocrisy in times of climate crisis

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Steurer, Reinhard
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


1) Overview and groups
2) Introduction to 'knowledge-based policy making' and on the demand/need for evaluations
3) Basics of policy evaluations: - policy making and the policy cycle as subject of evaluations and policy analyses - definitions of evaluations - types of evaluations
4) Evaluation criteria, research design and research steps
5) Common analysis of an actual evaluation
6) Student presentations on selected evaluation examples

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The seminar aims to sensitise students for methods and functions of evaluations in the context of environmental and sustainable development policies. In a first step, some basic concepts and terms will be introduced by means of literature, discussion and lecturing. In a second step the lecturers will analyse and present an actual evaluation example in class and discuss it with the students. In a third step, small student groups will analyse selected evaluation examples, present them in class and discuss them with their colleagues. Overall, students who take this course will get a feeling for the quality of political science evaluation studies, and they will be able to apply different methods of qualitative social science research in their own work.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.