|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
How can we solve the wicked policy problems facing Australia and our region? ‘Wicked problems’ are complex, have interacting causes and often seem intractable. This subject takes four wicked problems – climate change and environmental destruction; statelessness and the mass movement of people; terrorism and conflict; and inequality – and explores various approaches to tackling them. It considers past, present and future perspectives on these problems and, crucially, asks who is responsible for solving them. Governments play a role in solving wicked problems, and citizens expect them to do so. But by their very nature, wicked problems extend across borders, raising ‘collective action’ challenges. Individuals are increasingly looking for alternative ways to address transnational issues where they feel their governments have failed.
In this subject we ask: What role do governments have in addressing wicked problems in our region? What are the roles for other actors, such as international organisations; civil society organisations; transnational corporations; and individuals participating in social movements? Can these diverse actors design innovative approaches, harnessing new technology and media, to solving wicked problems? We draw on a range of fields such as public policy, international law, environmental science and international security, and hear from guest speakers from the university, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Intended learning outcomes
- Identify and critically analyse a range of wicked problems, their causes and the roles and interests of relevant stakeholders
- Analyse and critique the various complex dimensions of the relevant public policy challenges, and the relevant opportunities and constraints facing public actors
- Recognise and critically analyse alternative approaches to solving wicked problems, including those which challenge traditional public policy perspectives
- Understand the ways in which public participation can contribute to the formation of responses to wicked problems, including public policy and other types of responses
- Engage in and contribute to debates about innovative approaches to solving wicked problems
- The ability to derive, interpret and analyse information from a range of sources
- The capacity to critically analyse and evaluate competing perspectives
- The ability to write an essay which relies on sound research and logical argumentation
- The effective use of written and verbal communication
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- A blog post or op-ed piece describing a wicked problem (750 words) (25%) (due week 3)
- A blog post or op-ed on attempts to solve the wicked problem (750 words) (25%) (due week 7)
- An essay on solutions to the wicked problem (2,500 words) (50%) (due during examination period)
All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Hurdle requirement - Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 3 hours per week (2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1-hour tutorial) Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Jayani Nadarajalingam (Coordinator)
Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of the subject.
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.