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Social Skills

Social Skills


The Department of Social Skills is an establishment at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and is based in the Centre for Research and Continuing Education (ZFW). It is used on an inter-faculty and cross-organisational basis.

Goal setting

In the modern world of work, it is necessary to fully meet the needs of clients, as well as being able to respond quickly and flexibly to technological developments. Social skills are needed to effectively put different specialisms into practice in the right place.

Society needs intelligent and innovative forms of participation of its citizens in all sectors of society on a local, national and international level. Social skills are needed to develop efficient forms of organisation for unfamiliar tasks, and to work constructively on social problems and in areas of conflict.


The area of responsibility includes research in relevant subject areas, as well as organising public lectures, conferences and other event formats, which aid the transfer of scientific knowledge in social discourse.

Continuing education

In the world of work, key skills are increasingly in demand in addition to the programme of study, and are even a prerequisite in most cases. The teaching staff work on a scientific basis and have practical experience. HSWT offers its students (in cooperation with the Career Center) seminars and full training in social skills in the form of modules such as communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, project management and social responsibility. The courses are a creditable part of a course of study.

Key qualification in social skills

As well as academic qualifications, social skills will play an important part in your everyday working life. They are necessary for the success of two-way conversations and teamwork, as well as for the development of change processes within a company or of strategic decisions in global contexts. Of the many important aspects, the three main ones are:

    • Control of (work) processes by means of professional discussion and conflict management
    • Team spirit and organisational skills
    • Self-reflection and social diagnostic capabilities

    The pace of social change is accelerating, and unfamiliar ways of working are emerging. This situation calls for team players and conflict-oriented people who can work under pressure. They should be able to influence changes in organisations, and cooperate in complex, intercultural contexts.

    Courses (extract)

    • Communication and discussion strategies
    • Conflict management and mediation
    • Moderation
    • Intercultural competence
    • Project management
    • Change management
    • Training*

    *Training to become a state-certified mediator

    The German Mediation Act (MediationsG) came into force on 21.07.2012, and the corresponding educational and training regulations (ZMediatAusbV) followed on 01.09.2017. With 120 contact hours, following individual supervision by a mediator or co-mediator, graduates may call themselves "Certified Mediators".

    HSWT graduates use this training

      • as independent training
      • to enhance their management skills
      • for consultancy and/or reporting qualifications

      It is fully recognised as an elective module within the Master’s programme in Landscape Construction, and largely recognised in other Master’s programmes offered by HSWT.

      Management / Contact

      Referat für Soziale Kompetenz
      Am Hofgarten 6 | A5.412
      85354 Freising