Universität Wien

240106 VO+UE VM1 / VM8 - Negotiating change (2019W)

Simulating an international conference for sustainable development

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Friday first session 4.10. between 9.30 and 11.30 s.t. (on time!)
Location: Gregor Mendelhaus / Gregor Mendel Strasse 33; 1080 Vienna — lecture hall VII https://www.boku.ac.at/fileadmin/data/H01000/H10090/H10400/H10420/Gebaeude/Uebersichtsplan-Tuerkenschanze.pdf

Simulation: 14. & 15.1.2020 at the United Nations Vienna

further sessions: will be announced in the first session (do not miss this!)


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Joint course of University of Vienna (30 participants), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (30 participants), FH Campus Vienna, Central European University, FH BFI Vienna (all three additional institutions will send also students as various stakeholders)

The conference will take place at the Vienna International Centre (UN Vienna).

Each year, the course focuses on a global ‘hot topic’ in sustainable development - in 2019, we will work on "Food and Nutrition Security". The final outcome of the course is a resolution, negotiated and accepted in a 2-days conference at the UN headquarters Vienna.

Doing self-organized research, you relate the topic (environmental migration) to the socio-economic and agro-ecological background of a specific region (e.g. Haiti). Representing a region (e.g. Small Island States) and its interests, you have to develop suggestions for solutions to address the challenge. You will be supported by the trainers, and external experts from ministries, the UN, the International Organization for Migration, NGOs, etc.

Negotiating with other regional representatives (e.g. Russia), you experience the complexity of communication and nego tiation in a “realistic” situation.

Based on the negotiations, all student teams have to agree on a UN-resolution for addressing the challenge (e.g. environmental migration) in a general assembly.

# Describe a challenge in sustainable development applying socio-economic and agro-ecological categories.
# Develop interests a specific region will have facing this challenge and possible solution strategies.
#Based on the regions’ interests, construct a negotiation strategy to achieve international action towards addressing the development challenge.
#Debate solution strategies in an “assembly” setting with peers representing other regions (Guidance by lecturers and external trainers).
#Recognise drivers and constraints of successful communication for change. #Participate in a simulation of multi-stakeholder processes to experience strategic and communicative rationality.
#Summarize the complex system that constitutes negotiations in international development.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Self-, peer- and trainer-assessment.
Collecting points throughout the semester.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The ratio of points obtained/max points determines your grade:
50.0-62.5 % = 4
62.6-75.0 % =3
75.1-87.5 % = 2
87.6% -100 % = 1



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Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

VM1 / VM8

Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 13:34