Hard Decisions and Wicked Problems

Subject: 
Integrated Studies (INTEG)
Catalog number: 
641
Unit weight: 
0.50
Meet type: 
LEC
Grading basis: 
NUM
Cross-listing(s): 
N/A
Requisites: 
N/A
Description: 
Every day, nuanced decisions are made at the personal level (what job offer to accept), an organizational level (whether to recall a faulty product), and in the form of public policy (when and where to develop renewable energy). This course introduces decision analytic tools for systematically structuring messy problems to identify trade-offs among different decisions and to explore them intelligibly. For public policy problems, the challenges of values conflicts and "truth decay" (i.e., the political polarization or outright rejection of facts) will be considered. Additional decision contexts that push the limits of traditional analytic approaches will also be addressed (e.g. wicked problems, deep uncertainty).
Topic titles: 
N/A
Faculty: 
Environment (ENV)
Academic level: 
GRD
Course ID: 
016063