Conflict, democracy and facilitation
The 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.
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
MX0148 Conflict, democracy and facilitation, 15.0 CreditsKonflikt, demokrati och processledning
Education cycleMaster’s level
|Comparision and synthesis||4.0||0202|
|Conflict and facilitation competence||7.0||0203|
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (A1N)
5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
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.
Objectiveshe 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 a 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 a student has been granted targeted study support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative form of assessment.
If this course is discontinued, SLU will decide on transitional provisions for the examination of students admitted under this syllabus who have not yet been awarded a Pass grade.
For the assessment an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
- 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.
Other informationThe right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course instance which the student has been admitted to 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, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Department of Urban and Rural Development
Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: MX0113, MX0117, MX000135
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
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 ScienceCourse code: MX0148 Application code: SLU-30314 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%