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Graduate Campus – Überfachliche Kompetenzen

Managing conflicts


PhD candidates often find themselves in a complex network of relationships with supervisors, superiors and colleagues – a situation that can easily give rise to conflict. As a rule, most of these conflicts are related to unclear agreements, diverging expectations, competition, and the difficulty of taking on sole responsibility for academic work while at the same time remaining dependent on others. If emerging conflicts can be recognized and resolved quickly – or if constructive solutions can be found – they no longer pose an obstacle to earning a PhD.

These are the main subjects of the course:

  • Foundations of communication and conflict theory
  • Analyzing conflicts and conflict potential using participants' real-life examples
  • Critical reflection of PhD candidates' own expectations, goals, ideals
  • Developing a strategy for resolving conflicts
  • Using communication techniques in conflict situations
  • Strengthening personal resources such as self-confidence, ability to accept criticism, self-reliance
  • Intercultural aspects and Diversity Management
Learning Objectives    

The course is interactive and offers theoretical background information, but is not overly theoretical. Participants will

  • gain insight into basic theories of communication and conflicts
  • use practical exercises to help enhance their communicative and cooperative skills. Examples of the methods include group coaching, small groups, or, on request, practicing newly won communication strategies in role playing
  • learn to observe and reflect on their own behavior and motives
  • acquire planning and communication skills to prevent conflicts
  • develop strategies for dealing with conflicts

lic. phil. Salome Lienert, psychologist

Target participants     PhD candidates
Precognition     Readiness to share from personal experiences and willingness to examine own way of dealing with conflict
Duration     A total of three course days, with independent study between the course days
Dates     2 March 2022 9:00 - 17:30h
9 March 2021 9:00 - 17:30h
23 March 2022 9:00 - 17:30h
Canceling deadline    

9 February 2022 23:59

(see Conditions of Participation for information on canceling after the deadline.)



Contact person     Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credit     1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)