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Conflict, democracy and facilitation

The 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.

Information from the course leader

Important: Please visit this page regularly for updates and more information before the course starts

Canvas page published!!

The course Canvas page, containing all course information and documents is now published. You can access it through the "Open my Canvas Room" link on the right. Scroll among the course to find it. If possible, please browse through the first modules up to the one about Course Weeks (CW) 1 and 2 to get familiar with the general aspects of the course. If you cannot access the Canvas page, please contact

Important: Access to the Canvas page does not mean that you are registered to the course. Students who are not yet registered will only have an “Observing” status and will not have access to some functions of the page. To be registered you need to attend the course in person on Monday. If you cannot attend the start session or other activities during the first two course weeks please send an email to In case you have admission conditons, like showing study certificates or paying tuition fees, you need to meet these before you can be registered to the course.


Welcome to the Conflict, Democracy and Facilitation (CDF) course! We look forward to meeting you all. The course starts on Monday, 15 January, 9.00am (sharp) in Room - Loftets bankettsal. Address: Duhrevägen 8, 756 51 Uppsala. Enter the building by crossing the bridge.

On this day you will meet course teachers, will be provided with all the practicalities of the course, and register to it. Hence, it is very important that you attend this session.

In the "Schedule" link on the right side of this page you find the course schedule. Note that there are many mandatory activities and that minor changes may occur to the schedule once the course begins.

This course page will be used only before the course starts. After we will use CANVAS, SLU's education online platform where you will find all course information and documents. The Canvas page will be published latest on Friday 12th of January. Try to log in through the "open my Cavas room" link or check your SLU email for an invitation. If you cannot access the Canvas page or do not have an SLU email account, please contact and ask them to help you get access to it. You will get detailed information on how to use Canvas on the first day of the course.

For questions or comments about the course please contact

We look forward to meeting you all!CDF Teachers


Changes in Schedule

After publishing the schedule we recieved some comments regarding the ammount of mandatory activities in the course. We are now taking into consideration those comments and will most likely remove the mandatory component of some sessions. Hence we have taken away the course schedule from this webpage and will upload a new one later in the week. This revision will not imply big changes in the schedule. Most sessions will still be scheduled and remain in the same dates even if they are not mandatory.

New schedule uploaded

A new schedule with the revisions as mentioned above has now been uploaded. Except for reducing the amount of mandatory activities no other changes were done

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is not yet activated

The course evaluation is open between 2024-03-12 and 2024-04-02

Additional course evaluations for MX0148

Academic year 2022/2023

Conflict, democracy and facilitation (MX0148-30099)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Academic year 2021/2022

Conflict, democracy and facilitation (MX0148-30217)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2020/2021

Conflict, democracy and facilitation (MX0148-30225)

2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Environmental Communication and Management - Master's Programme Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Environmental Science
Course code: MX0148 Application code: SLU-30314 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%