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240131 VO+UE VM1 / VM8 - Negotiating change (2021W)

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 8.10. between 9.30 and 11.30 s.t. (on time!)

Location: HS TÜWI01 (TÜWI-U1/02)/Uebersichtsplan-Tuerkenschanze.pdf

Simulation: 13. & 14.1.2021 at the United Nations Vienna

further sessions: every friday between 9.30 and 11.30 - you get a detailed plan in the first session (do not miss this!) - in case of further Corona-restrictions we will handle the situation in compliance with the students and the participating institutions (what means basically that you can participate also online if necessary! - although we prefer the analogue mode)


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

***Focus 2021/22: Topic to be announced***

Negotiate with other countries towards a joint agreement. Experience digital or face-to-face diplomacy - like the real diplomats do at the moment.

>> Please note: we want to create the best possible learning experience given the current situation. For most of the sessions, this will mean hybrid arrangements, i.e. a number of you can join, others may prefer to join online. We will discuss the arrangements in the preparation session!

The course is jointly organized with the Institute of International Development, University of Vienna. Participants come from University of Vienna, BOKU, bfi, Central European University.
The conference will take place at the Vienna International Centre (UN Vienna) if health regulations allow.

Each year, the course focuses on a global ‘hot topic’ in sustainable development. 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 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, NGOs, etc.

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

Based on the negotiations, all student teams have to agree on a UN-resolution for addressing the challenge in a general assembly.

Learning Outcomes:
# 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

Sufficient in English

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



provided on the e-learning platform

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

V1 / VM8

Letzte Änderung: Do 30.09.2021 13:10