Conflict, democracy and facilitation
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Optional preparations before course start
In the CDF course there will be several individual and group assignments where you will benefit from good academic writing skills.
Here is a document with a number of resources about academic writing that would be worth for you to look at or study in order to improve your writing skills. The document is meant for the students of the Environmental Communication and Management programme but it is useful for other students as well.
Additional course evaluations for MX0148
Academic year 2020/2021Conflict, democracy and facilitation (MX0148-30225) 2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23
MX0148 Conflict, democracy and facilitation, 15.0 CreditsKonflikt, demokrati och processledning
Education cycleMaster’s level
|Comparision and synthesis||4.00||1002|
|Conflict and facilitation competence||7.00||1003|
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to English 6 from upper secondary school.
Equivalent to 180 credits and specialized studies comprising 90 credits within one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains: natural sciences, technology, social sciences or humanities.
ObjectivesThe aim of this course is to develop understanding on the role of democracy and facilitation in the design and facilitation of constructive group process and dialogue in order to manage conflicts and tensions within and between groups and organizations. The course addresses both the potential as well as limits of collaborative approaches to dealing with conflicts, and discusses the role of conflict in social change.
After completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Discuss theories about the social process and causes of conflict and factors affecting the constructivity and destructivity in conflict processes, social relations and interaction between individuals, groups and organizations
- Discuss theories about democracy, collaborative planning and power, and describe how they relate to theories about conflict, conflict management and facilitation
- Suggest conflict management and facilitation strategies to intervene in a conflict situation
- Reflect on his/her own role in social processes and in the conflict dynamics
ContentThe pedagogical idea of this course is based in experiential learning. In the beginning of the course, theories about the social process of conflict and factors affecting efficiency, knowledge use, constructivity and destructivity in group processes, and interaction between individuals, groups and organizations are presented. Methods for conflict management and project coordination are presented.
In the second part of the course students carry out a project in groups. The aim of the project is twofold:
1) To investigate a natural resource management situation and the potential social conflicts with help of different methods
2) To observe and reflect about the social processes and the management procedure within the own project group and between the own group and other social systems, such as other student groups, teachers and the actors participating in the investigation.
The project work result in a content report describing the investigated situation, and in a process report describing working procedure and social processes. In the individual exam students are applying formal theories when analyzing case studies, methods and own experience.
Formats and requirements for examinationExamination through:
- Content report on project work
- Process report on project work
Requirements to pass the course are:
- passed home exam
- passed participation and content report on project work
- passed process report on project work
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.