Universität Wien FIND

240502 PR The Idea of ‘Wilderness’. Design of short films in the context of the 30 to 2030 initiative (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work

The course can only be taken together with SE 240505 (5 ECTS) and you need to register for both courses.

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


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


max. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 12.01.2022: Due to the current situation the course will be held digital until the end of the semester.
Update 24.09.2021: The PR will take place in Austria and two additional meetings will take place on October 27th and 28th.
The first session will be digital. If required, the Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock is available as study zone for students of the course.

Update 14.10.2021: The class on October 20th will be in Türkenschanzpark and the class on October 27th and 28th will be digital. If necessary, HS-C, NIG 4. Stock is available as study zone for students of the course.

Wednesday 13.10. 11:30 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 20.10. 11:30 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 27.10. 11:30 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 28.10. 11:30 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 27.01. 11:30 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Update 24.09.2021

The FP is to examine the diverse stakeholder perspectives from international organizations to transnational NGOs to activist networks with regard to the question: "How can climate, nature and species protection be reconciled with the legitimate interests of local and indigenous communities. The current context is the planned COP 15 UN Biodiversity Conference 2021 in Kunming, China. The focus is on how far the interests of indigenous and other local communities are affected by the EU's 30 to 2030 initiative.
The reference framework is the plan to place at least 30% of the earth (water and land) under "an effective system of protected areas" by 2030. Cf. According to a manifesto of various human rights NGOs: "NGO concerns over the proposed 30% target for protected areas and absence of safeguards for Indigenous Peoples and local communities".
The aim of the FP is to produce a short film (4-7 min.) in groups of up to 3 participants. The template would be science magazine contributions such as those broadcasted by Nano (3Sat), but also blog-capable.
It is planned, subject to availability, Dr. Harald Pokieser, one of the most renowned nature filmmakers beyond the borders of Austria (cooperations with National Geographic, BBC etc.) for an appointment. He has already held highly successful courses at our institute on several occasions and can pass on invaluable practical information on the design of audio-visual publications.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active Participation in preparation, discussions and empirical study for paper of 15 pages including literature (to be handed in until 30st of april 2022 latest)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Online Presentation in digital sessions, active participation 30 %
Empirical study: 30 %
Paper 40 %

All need to be within ratings 1-4

1 > 85-100 points
2 > 70-84 points
3 > 55-69 points
4 > 40-54 points
5 > 0-39 points

Examination topics

Reading list

Matthias Glaubrecht: Das Ende der Evolution. Der Mensch und die Vernichtung der Arten (München 2019)

Werner Zips and Manuela Zips-Mairitsch (eds.): Bewildering Borders. The Economy of Conservation in Africa (Lit 2019)

Sylvia Earle: Sea Change A Message of the Oceans (2020)

Seychelles’ National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2015 - 2020:

Weitere Literatur wird in der ersten Einheit bekannt gegeben und findet sich im Buch "Bewildering Borders"

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:23