280.A16 Hiking Perspectives
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, EX, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: EX Excursion
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand complex issues related to the rural space. Substantive work, research, moderation and discussion guidance are taught. The course is a practice-oriented exercise in reflecting on the built environment and creating an intensive exchange with practitioners and the lived reality. Discussion of essential content and challenges is the main focus. Emphasis is given to the exchange between students, experts, citizens, teachers, representatives of politics, associations and initiatives. By observing and discussing, students will be able to see, interpret and understand cultural landscapes and their transformations.

"Hiking perspectives" means gaining inspiration from what already exists and making new discoveries. Walking is a grounding way of discovering spatiotemporality in a search for new approaches to existing questions. The excursion aims at providing a holistic view using fragments that can only emerge from movement and personal reflection. Our investigations create reflexive walks that aim to resolve specific planning issues. Being able to change perspectives, to think beyond the existing and to reflect on situations are important skills for spatial planners. In accordance with the trend of deceleration and contemplation, walking has become socially acceptable again.

Subject of course

The main component of the course is a one-week excursion from August 28, 2022 to September 03, 2022, starting in Znojmo/Znaim (Czechia). On September 02, the closing event with a framework program and an oriental buffet will take place in Drosendorf castle (Drosendorf an der Thaya). The topics include the "Sommerfrische" in Znojmo/Znaim, architecture from the Gründerzeit period to today  including a visit to Villa Weinberger (1927) , border villages, edges and transitions, wine and landscapes, settlement structures, initiatives and the culture of failure, wildcat feeding, changes in art and culture, historic paths and gardens, metamorphoses of the border, the jewish Waldviertel, culture and buildings of the "Sommerfrische".

Teaching methods

  • Promenadology, from walking and seeing to describing, understanding, focusing and interpreting.
  • "GEH-Spräche" as a method of qualitative spatial exploration
  • Visualizing data from the "GEH-Spräche" as spatial contexts in maps as (actor-)mappings
  • Preparing and presenting the results of the explorations in an excursion reader

Die Lehrveranstaltung wird als offene Sommerschool abgehalten. Das Format richtet sich an Studierende von verschiedenen Universitäten, VertreterInnen der Gemeinden, ExpertInnen, PolitikerInnen, Lehrende, Vereine und Initiativen und fördert den interdisziplinären Austausch. Tageweise werden uns Gäste begleiten, mit denen wir unsere GEH-spräche vertiefen.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The excursion takes place within the framework of the summer school of the landuni Drosendorf and is offered together with the follow-up course "VU 280.A17 Developing Perspectives – a Future Dialog in the Northern Waldviertel Region". The core week will take place from October 14, 2022 tp October 19, 2022 on site in Drosendorf on the topic of perspectives for rural areas.

The course is aimed at students from the Master's program. During registration, preference will be given to those students who take both the "EX Hiking Perspectives" and the "VU Developing Perspectives – a Future Dialog in the Northern Waldviertel Region".

Participating students have to contribute 180€ to the costs.

The course is held in cooperation with the project Landuni Drosendorf.



Course dates

00:00 - 00:0028.08.2022 - 03.09.2022 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Thu00:00 - 00:0020.10.2022 Perspektiven erwandern Exkursion von Znaim nach Drosendorf
Hiking Perspectives - Single appointments
Sun28.08.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Mon29.08.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Tue30.08.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Wed31.08.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Thu01.09.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Fri02.09.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Sat03.09.202200:00 - 00:00 Hike from Znojmo/Znaim (CZ) to Drosendorf an der Thaya (AT)Exkursion
Thu20.10.202200:00 - 00:00 Perspektiven erwandern Exkursion von Znaim nach Drosendorf
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Participation in the excursion and preparation of a research report (technical article for the landuni Magazin as a follow-up to the excursion) and a logbook in the form of an (actor) mapping.

The elaboration of text, graphics and plan has to be done according to recognized scientific standards (clean short and long citation, gender-sensitive language).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.07.2022 09:00 01.02.2023 23:55 01.02.2023 23:55


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Recommendation: Prior knowledge of rural topics and/or personal connection to the region, independent questioning and reflection required.

Note: In good physical condition, you will walk between 7 and 13 km per day.

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Accompanying courses


  • Attendance Required!