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GOVT4603: Wicked Problems and Policy Innovation

Students have encountered the study of public policy and administration in theory as well as practice. This unit builds on, and challenges, their understanding by looking at wicked problems: those that are multi-dimensional, multi-scalar, and inter-disciplinary. It encourages them to engage deeply with the challenges of contemporary policy-making. Because the topics are "wicked", the approach to them will be flipped so that rather than going from the general to the specific, the reverse will be the case. Students will be challenged to take what appears to be a simple problem, but as it is a sub-set of a broader and more complex set of issues, to go from a narrow to broad conception of it.

Code GOVT4603
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
24 credit points at 3000-level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 and a minimum of 126 credit points

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Introduce the key theoretical debates about the causes and consequences of wicked problems in public policy.
  • LO2. Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of governing wicked problems in the context of a wide range of other social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, technological, justice, security, and geopolitical issues.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.