Universität Wien FIND

230101 SE+EX City. Province. River. - Generational change in rural areas (2022W)

Seminar und Exkursion

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Fieldtrip to Reichenau / Rax during 27th and 29th of october. If you are able to commute and still be there on time for all face-to-face meetings, you can also participate without staying the night on site. If you stay overnight, you have to bear the costs yourself.

Friday 07.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Wednesday 26.10. 09:00 - 16:00 Ort in u:find Details
Thursday 27.10. 09:00 - 16:00 Ort in u:find Details
Friday 28.10. 09:00 - 16:00 Ort in u:find Details
Friday 18.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Friday 02.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

During the course of our lives we use and shape the social space in which we live in a wide variety of ways. In adolescence, social space is primarily acquired through our peer group and parental home, while in adulthood the design of the socio-spatial living environment is based on our functions and roles in society. Concerning elderly people their biography and finite nature of their lives must also be taken into account in order to be able to research their appropriation of social space.
Social space research starts with the constitutive simultaneity of social construction and the effectiveness of (pre-)dominant spatial orders and focuses on social practices. Spatial planning, however, is itself the result of social practices and not naturally predetermined scopes of action. This seminar aims to start at a concrete, but heterogeneous and dynamic location and analyze which different activities of different people interact and thereby (re-)construct the spaces. A rural community is selected as a specific social space.
Rural communities play a special role because, according to forecasts, cities will continue to grow in the coming years, while people from rural regions will migrate. This leads to socio-spatial changes, which can also entail potential for conflict.
The following questions should be addressed: How is the social space used and designed by the residents of the community during their lives and in different life situations (employment, leisure time, education...)? (How) Can a church meet the needs of all age groups? How can different generations live well together?

The aim of the course is to research the social space in different phases of life in a rural community in Lower Austria and to process and analyze it with sociological concepts.

The course prepares for a field stay in Reichenau / Rax during 27.10. - 29.10.2022. Observations and interviews with locals and local stakeholders are planned for this field visit.
The concept of the inverted classroom will be used.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular participation is important. During the semester small to-do's will accompany the research process. At the end of the semester a presentation of the research results must be held and a research paper (possibility of group work) must be submitted.

Note from the SPL:
The provision of all partial services is a prerequisite for a positive assessment, unless something else was explicitly noted.
If individual compulsory partial performances are not provided, the course is deemed to be abandoned. If there is no important and unpredictable reason for the student to fail to perform, the course will be assessed negatively.
If there is such a reason (e.g. a longer illness), the student can also be canceled from the course after the deadline. The course management decides whether there is an important reason. The application for deregistration must be submitted immediately after the reason has occurred.
If a part of the performance is fraudulently obtained, i.e. cheated during an examination or a test, plagiarized in a written work or if the signatures on attendance lists are falsified, the entire course will be rated as "not assessed" and entered in the grade recording system with the note "cheated / fraudulently" .
In the course of the assessment, plagiarism software (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used: details will be announced by the lecturer in the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

You may miss one class. If you are not able to come on the fieldtrip, appropriate compensation work is necessary. A research paper must be submitted at the end of the semester.

Participation (20%)
Submission of regular tasks (20%)
Presentation of the results (20%)
Research paper (40%)

Examination topics

Work in teams or alone; regular tasks during the semester; presentation; research paper

Reading list

Alisch, M. (2015) Sozialraum und Governance. 1st edn. Leverkusen-Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich.

Böhnisch L, Schröer W Soziale Räume im Lebenslauf. https://www.sozialraum.de/soziale-raeumeim-lebenslauf.php .Zugegriffen:22.06.2022

Deinet, Ulrich (2009) Methodenbuch Sozialraum. Wiesbaden: VS Verl. für Sozialwissenschaften. doi:10.1007/978-3-531-91363-6.

Fürst, R. and Hinţea, C.E. (2019) Sozialraumorientierung : ein Studienbuch zu fachlichen, institutionellen und finanziellen Aspekten. 3., aktualisierte Auflage 2019. Wien: facultas.

Hammer, V. (2010) Gemeinsam leben - gemeinsam gestalten : Zugänge und Perspektiven integrierter Sozialraumplanung. Frankfurt, M. [u.a.]: Campus-Verl.

Kessl, F. and Reutlinger, C. (2022) Sozialraum : Eine elementare Einführung. 1st ed. 2022. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden Imprint: Springer VS.

Lange, B. and Bergmann, M. (2011) Eigensinnige Geographien: Stadtische Raumaneignungen als Ausdruck gesellschaftlicher Teilhabe. VS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften.

Löw, M., Steets, S. and Stoetzer, S. (2008) Einführung in die Stadt- und Raumsoziologie. 2., aktualisierte Aufl.. Opladen [u.a.]: Budrich.

May, M., & Alisch, M. (2008). Praxisforschung im Sozialraum: Fallstudien in ländlichen und urbanan sozialen Räumen (1st ed., Vol. 2, Beiträge zur Sozialraumforschung). Opladen: B. Budrich

Resch, K., Demmer, J. & Fassl, A. Sozialraum und Altern: Aktivitätspotentiale von Älteren in der Gesundheitsförderung. Präv Gesundheitsf 14, 349–354 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11553-019-00715-6

Schubert, H. (2018) Integrierte Sozialplanung Für Die Versorgung Im Alter. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg. in Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-21240-7.

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