Universität Wien

290165 EX Field Trip: Understanding of river-society interactions in urban river landscapes (2017W)

2.00 ECTS (1.50 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
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



1. Preparatory meeting and introductory lecture: Friday, 15th of December 2017, 9 am. -12 am., Conference room Geography, NIG, 5th floor
2. full-day Excursion on Friday 12th of January 2018; meeting point 9 am., Train station Mödling
3. full-day Excursion on Friday 19th of January 2018; meeting point 9 am., U6 station Neue Donau


Aims, contents and method of the course

1. Identifying and understanding of river-society interactions,
2. Understanding, identifying and discussing anthropogenic impacts on urban rivers, their effects and possible restoration measures,
3. Interlinking of river ecology and societal demands and their effects on urban rivers
4. Understanding the legal background for river restoration

Content: Terms and concepts of river society interactions will be presented during the excursion. We will focus on the physiographic surrounding, anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem and societal demands on urban rivers as well as potential restoration measures. Additionally, we will discuss the legal background for restoration at the Mödlingbach and the Danube as case studies.

Methods: on-site instructions, presentation, discussion

Assessment and permitted materials

Each student has to prepare a minute of the excursion including the results of the teamwork at the Mödlingbach. Additionally, each participant has to elaborate a specific topic of the excursion, chosen according to the student`s interest (details via e-learning).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The preparatory meeting, the attendance on both field trips and the minutes on time are obligatory for a positive grade.
The grading incorporates the original elaboration, the content, structure and consistency and the adequate use of literature.
Minute of the field trips: 20 points
Results of the teamwork at the Mödlingbach: 20 points
Elaboration of a specific topic of the field trip: 60 points
Assessment scheme:
1 90-100 points
2 80-89 points
3 70-79 points
4 60-69 points
5 <60 points

Examination topics


Reading list

Via e-learning

Association in the course directory

(L2-EX) (BA UF GW 18)

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