732320 Participation and conflict resolution

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


In the course, the processes and dynamics of social conflicts will be illuminated and approaches to deliberative/participative regulation will be examined from a social science perspective. To this end, the following topics will be covered:

- 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
- Chances and limits of participation procedures

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 policy areas (e.g. transport/mobility, nature conservation, energy/climate, waste),
- to get to know the basics of participation and to apply appropriate process designs,
- to successfully apply socio-scientific strategies and methods for the analysis of conflicts,
- 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.