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.
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