IDS 109

General Education Seminar: Grappling with Wicked Problems

Course Description

This general education seminar is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based course focused on addressing a “wicked problem”.  A wicked problem is complex, its causes are multiple and uncertain, and it involves many diverse stakeholders.  Wicked problems can involve the economy, the environment as well as politics. Some examples of wicked problems are climate change, healthcare, the AIDS epidemic, homeland security, waste, social injustice. Through discussion, research and dialogue students will develop insight on the issues surrounding a “wicked problem”.  They will identify stakeholders and challenges the problem presents and work towards developing a possible solution or strategy.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 071 and ENG 060

General Education Elective(s): General Education

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Last Modified: 10/19/17