731337 Methods and tools of rural development

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wytrzens, Hans Karl
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


•economic and social disparities – causes and consequences
•planning methods and planning procedures
•indicators and measurement of the regional stage of development
•technical spatial planning tools (GIS)
•descriptive models of local structures (materials, methods and data handling concerning environmental, demographic, economic and socioeconomic spatial analysis and diagnosis)
•description of developing potentials, driving forces and theories of rural development
•methods of forecast and the scenario technique
•main features of demography
•theory of land use
•location theories and their impact on rural development strategies
•strategic planning tools adopted for rural policy
•methods for the analysis of political objectives
•case studies of rural development activities
•moderation skills and creative techniques
•monitoring and evaluation methods in rural development (e.g. SEA, EIA, other approaches at national and international level)
•participation methods (analog and digital formats, including newer methods such as serious games, reallabs)

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge of regional development

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•deepening knowledge of rural development theory and regional planning practice
•mastering planning methods
•apply tools to solve rural development problems
•gather practical experience with participatory techniques and moderation skills
•apply goal analysis methods
•gain an overview on the use of rural development instruments
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.