701-0786-00L  Mediation in Environmental Planning: Theory and Case Studies

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersK. Siegwart
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


701-0786-00 GMediationsverfahren in der Umweltplanung: Grundlagen und Anwendungen2 hrs
05.10.14:15-18:00LFW B 3 »
06.10.08:15-18:00LFW B 3 »
12.10.14:15-18:00LFW B 3 »
13.10.08:15-18:00LFW B 3 »
27.10.08:15-18:00LFW B 3 »
K. Siegwart

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AbstractThis course is intended to demonstrate how environmental decisions can be optimized and conflicts better dealt by using mediation. Case studies will focus on construction of windmills for electricity purpose, landfills, sustainable city-planning or Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence.
Objective- Develop comprehension of legal and social responses to environmental conflicts
- Recognize the most important participative techniques and their ranges
- Develop concepts for doing and evaluating mediation processes
- Estimate the potential and limitations of cooperative environmental planning
- Train communicative skills (presentation, moderation, discussion design, negotiation), especially by participating at a mediation
ContentTo this end, we will look at the most important techniques of mediation and put them into the context of today's legislation, participation and conflict culture. The potential and limitations of the individual techniques will be discussed using current Swiss and international case studies, namely in the field of windenergy as well of landfills and Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence (wolves, bears, elephants). Students can do conflict analyses, for instance, as part of individual and group analyses and a half-day mediation-simulation, develop technique concepts and train their own communicative and negotiation skills.
Lecture notesA reader will be handed out.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersK. Siegwart
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationTeilnahme an Mediationssimulation; Verfassen einer benoteten Abschlussarbeit.

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Integrated Building Systems MasterScience in PerspectiveInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorManagementWInformation