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140387 VO+UE VM5 / VM8 - Change through Negotiating - Understanding through Experience (2016W)

simulating an international conference for sustainable development in all of its aspects

Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: German, English



weekly course held at a location on BOKU Gregor Mendel Haus, HS VIII (MENH-03/39), 1190 Vienna
14.10.2016 / 09:30-11:30
21.10.2016 / 09:30-11:30
28.10.2016 / 09:30-11:30
04.11.2016 / 09:30-11:30
11.11.2016 / 09:30-11:30
18.11.2016 / 09:30-11:30
25.11.2016 / 09:30-11:30
02.12.2016 / 09:30-11:30
09.12.2016 / 09:30-11:30
16.12.2016 / 09:30-11:30
13.01.2017 / 09:30-11:30
19.01.2017 / 08.00-17.30 Simulation in UN
20.01.2017 / 09:00-17:30 Simulation in UN


Aims, contents and method of the course

# Describe a challenge in sustainable development applying historical socio-economic and agro-ecological categories.
# Hypothesize interests a specific region will have facing this development 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.

Joint course with the Institute of International Development, University of Vienna. 30 participants from University of Vienna, 30 participants from BOKU.
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 2016, we will work on ENVIRONMENTAL MIGRATION.
Doing self-organized research, the students relate the given topic to the historical socio-economic and agro-ecological background of a specific region (e.g. Ethiopia). Representing a region (e.g. Ethiopia) and its interests, the students develop suggestions for solutions to address the challenge (e.g. environmental migration).
Negotiating with other regional representatives (e.g. India), the students experience complexity and communication in a “realistic” situation.
Based on the negotiations, the students agree on a resolution for addressing the challenge (e.g. land grabbing) in a general assembly. Finally, the complex system of international interests in development is re-conceptualized drawing from the experiences of students.

The course is rooted in concepts of problem based learning and experiential learning (Dewey, Freire, Kolb) and is aligned with all courses at the Centre for Development Research in terms of learning outcomes.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Sufficient in English

Advantage: all courses at the Institute of International Development and the Centre for Development Research

Examination topics

Reading list

provided on the e-learing platform and at the beginning of the term:

Anderson, David A., Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management.
New York 2010.
Castles, Stephen, Miller, Mark J., The Age of migration. International Population
Movements in the Modern World. Basingstoke 2009.
Cini, Michelle, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán, Nieves, European Union Politics. Oxford
Clunies-Ross, Anthony, Forsyth, David, Huq, Mozammel, Development Economics.
New York 2009.
Coakley, John, Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State. Making and Breaking Nations. Los
Angeles 2012.
Collier, Paul, Venables (Hg.), Anthony J., Plundered Nations. Successes and Failures
in Natural Resource Extractions. Basingstoke 2011.
Cooper, Andrew F., Shaw, Timothy M., The Diplomacies of Small States. Between
Vulnerability and Resilience. Basingstoke 2012.
Deacon, Bob, Global Soical Policy and Governance. Los Angeles 2007.
Dicken, Peter, Global Shift. Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy.
New York 2011.
Gareis, Bernhard Sven, The United Nations. 2nd edition. Basingstoke 2012.
Laws, Sophie, Harper, Caroline, Jones, Nicola, Marcus, Rachel, Research for
Development. A practical guide. 2nd edition. Chicago 2013.
McMichael, Michael, Development and Social Change. A Global Perspective. Los
Angeles 2012.
Ramsbotham, Oliver, Woodhouse, Tom, Miall, Hugh, Contemporary Conflict
Resolution. The prevention, management and transformation of deadly conflicts.
Cambridge 2011.
Rittberger, Volker, Zangl, Bernhard, Kruck, Andreas, International Organization.
Basingstoke 2012.
Schwartz, Herman M., States versus Markets. The Emergence of a Global Economy. 3rd
edition. Basingstoke 2010.
Smith, Steve, Hadfield, Amelia, Dunne, Tim, Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors and
Cases. Oxford 2012.
Spiegel, Steven L., Matthews, Elizabeth G., Taw, Jennifer M., Williams, Kristen P.,
World Politics in a New Era. New York 2012.
White, Bradshaw, Chacko, Dymond, Contemporary World Regional Geography. New
York 2012.
Young, Scott T., Dhanda, Kanwalroop Kathy, Sustainablity. Essentials for Business.
Chicago 2013.

Association in the course directory

VM5, VM8

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