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Course module: 410134-B-6
Wicked Problems 301: Intervention Theories and Tools
Course info
Course module410134-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
dr. S.A.M. Blancke
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A.M. Cawston
Other course modules lecturer
L.A. Henry
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J. Raab
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N.A. Rathert
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020
After completing the course, students are able to:
  • describe and discuss the general nature of ‘wicked’ problems, their antecedents and consequences in a number of different contexts.
  • recognize ‘wicked’ problems as they present themselves in different fields of study/academic disciplines.
  • identify and discuss different aspects of ‘wicked’ problems, e.g. problems of definition and measurement, multi-causality, scope of the problem, aspects related to philosophy of science and social philosophy.
  • apply their knowledge about the nature and different aspects of ‘wicked’ problems and different intervention strategies to a variety of wicked problems (“organizing for dealing with wicked problems”)
  • reflect on how to deal with paradoxes, dilemmas and high complexity as a decision maker dealing with wicked problems.
  • communicate clearly and concisely when presenting, discussing, and reporting about different intervention strategies for wicked problems.
Recommended Prerequisites
Wicked Problems 101, Wicked Problems 202
The course is the final content course on Wicked Problems in the Bachelor Global Management of Social Issues and deals with how to cope with Wicked Problems such as poverty, migration or climate change. We will, however, not deal with specific policy issues but rather discuss what possibilities there are to organize for dealing with wicked problems. We will first discuss what intervention theories are and what type of interventions we might consider under what circumstances. As suggested by Head (2008) as a response to dealing with wicked problems, we will specifically focus on framing strategies, improved inter- and intra-organizational coordination and collaboration and leadership approaches and discuss the network response to wicked problems in depth. Second, students will learn what the (philosophical) literature tells us on how to deal with paradoxes, dilemmas and complexity as a decision maker trying to cope with a wicked problem.

Type of Instruction
Lectures and working groups

Type of exams
Oral exam and smaller written assignments

Contact person
dr. J. Raab
Timetable information
Wicked Problems 301: Intervention Theories and Tools
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