Syllabus

Titel
1455 Contemporary Global Policy Challenges
LV-Leiter/innen
Ernest Aigner, M.Sc., Univ.Prof. Dr. Jürgen Essletzbichler, Dr. Thomas Leoni, M.A., Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr. Sigrid Stagl, M.S.
Kontakt
  • LV-Typ
    PI
  • Semesterstunden
    4
  • Unterrichtssprache
    Englisch
Anmeldung
16.09.2019 bis 01.10.2019
Anmeldung über LPIS
Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Master
Termine
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Donnerstag 03.10.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 10.10.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 17.10.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 24.10.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 31.10.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 07.11.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 14.11.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 21.11.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 28.11.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 05.12.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Freitag 06.12.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Freitag 13.12.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Freitag 20.12.2019 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Donnerstag 09.01.2020 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022
Mittwoch 15.01.2020 13:00 - 16:00 D4.0.022

Inhalte der LV

The course introduces key societal challenges and illustrates the specific approach applied in SEEP. It introduces truth, power and transformation as concepts with different meanings in different paradigms and policy settings. It also introduces three contemporary global policy challenges in more detail.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

After completion of this course, students will:
- be aware of key global policy challenges and their interactions;
- understand the importance of framing problems for policy making, including ethical and political issues and the importance of discourses and paradigms;
- understand different meanings of transformation, power and truth as key concepts of SEEP and
- have a pluralist understanding of economics

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

This being a ‘Course with continuous Assessment (PI)’, the university requires students to attend at least 80% of all classes for completing the course successfully. This means that you can miss a maximum of  2 sessions, missing a third sessions means you will fail the course. Ideally you don’t miss any sessions.

Lehr-/Lerndesign

The course gives an introduction to contemporary policy challenges which are dealt with in the SEEP-program.

The introduction and synthesis will be organized by Sigrid Stagl.

Furthermore, you have to complete 3 thematic blocks, which you can choose out of 6 options. The 6 thematic blocks from among which you can choose are:

 

Thematic block 1 led by Maria Rita Testa (Fertility)

Thematic block 2 led by Sigrid Stagl (Climate Change)

Thematic block 3 led by Ernest Aigner (Sustainable Work)

Thematic block 4 led by Thomas Leoni (Social Policy in Aging Societies)

Thematic block 5 led by Andreas Novy (Multiple Crises)

Thematic block 6 led by Jürgen Essletzbichler (Inequality)

 

The course is based on:

  • inverted classroom: presentations by professors as video lectures
  • thematic blocs and
  • group work and innovative learning methods.

 

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

First Deliverable (in groups; 15 points, max. 1000 words, deadline: October 16, 2019, 23.59 pm):
Look at the “Human Development Report 2014 Sustaining Human Progress - UNDP” (Chapter 4) and the “World Development Report 2014: Risk and Opportunity. Managing Risk for Development” (Chapter 4 and 5).
The task of this deliverable consists in critically comparing and contrasting the two reports with respect to the following questions:
* How are “resilience” and “vulnerability” conceptualized?
* What are the respective actors of transformation?
* How is the agenda set and what are “non-issues”?
* Which report offers the true analysis?

Plagiarism Test (individually; 5 points, max. 1000 words, deadline: October 31st, 2019)

Second Deliverable (individually, 20 points, max. 1000 words)
Choose one policy challenge related to your first thematic block, which you consider as a burning issue for socio-ecological development. Discuss the challenge and relate it to key concepts presented in the CGPC course.

Third Deliverable (individually, 20 points, max. 1000 words)
Choose one policy challenge related to your second thematic block, which you consider as a burning issue for socio-ecological development. Discuss the challenge and relate it to key concepts presented in the CGPC course.

Fourth Deliverable (individually, 20 points, max. 1000 words)
Choose one policy challenge related to your third thematic block, which you consider as a burning issue for socio-ecological development. Discuss the challenge and relate it to key concepts presented in the CGPC course.

Fifth Deliverable (individually; 20 points, max. 1000 words, deadline: February 10, 2020)
Write an essay for a newspaper where you outline a SEEP-Approach to one selected contemporary global policy challenge that has been discussed in a thematic bloc. Make sure that your writing is accessible to a lay audience. As a first reference you can use the introduction of the 11th Edition of the Style Guide of the Economist.

Marking scheme: Excellent (91 – 100); Good (79 – 90); Satisfactory (60 –78); Sufficient (51 – 59); Insufficient (from 50)

These are strict deadlines! Submissions within 24 hours after the deadline will be accepted with a mark-down of 25% of points. Thereafter we will not accept any submissions. No exceptions.

All submissions via assignment section at Learn@WU.

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students nominated by WU partner universities:

Minimum requirements to attend this course:

•    Economics (accumulated minimum of 16 ECTS credits) OR

•    Social sciences (accumulated minimum of 16 ECTS credits) OR

•    Mathematics / statistics / quantitative methods (accumulated minimum of 16 ECTS credits)

Proficiency in English is required. If you do not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to withdraw students from the course.

 

Literatur

1 Autor/in: Hayward, Clarissa, and Lukes, Steven
Titel:

Nobody to Shoot? Power, Structure, and Agency: A Dialogue


Verlag: Journal of Power
Jahr: 2008
Empfehlung: Unbedingt notwendige Studienliteratur für alle Studierenden
Art: Zeitschrift
2 Autor/in: Stirling, Andrew
Titel:

Emancipating Transformations: From controlling ‘the transition’ to culturing plural radical progress



Jahr: 2014
Empfehlung: Unbedingt notwendige Studienliteratur für alle Studierenden
Art: Zeitschrift
3 Autor/in: World Bank
Titel:

World Development Report 2014: Managing Risk for Development’. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank. (Chapters 4 and 5)



Jahr: 2013
Empfehlung: Unbedingt notwendige Studienliteratur für alle Studierenden
4 Autor/in: United Nations Development Programme
Titel:

Human Development Report 2014 Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience. (Chapter 4)


Jahr: 2014
Empfehlung: Unbedingt notwendige Studienliteratur für alle Studierenden

Empfohlene inhaltliche Vorkenntnisse

none

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

andreas.novy@wu.ac.at; Multi-Level Governance and Development; D4 2nd floor


Sonstiges

Roughly we expect you to spend time as follows in this course

8 ECTS = 200 hours of work (60 minutes each)

The elements of this course were designed with the following timings in mind.

Class attendance (14 classes): 42 hours

Weekly reading incl. journal writing (14 sessions, 2.5 hours each): 35 hours

First Deliverable (15% of your grade): 21 hours

Second Deliverable (20% of your grade): 26 hours

Third Deliverable (20% of your grade): 26 hours

Fourth Deliverable (20% of your grade): 26 hours

Fifth Deliverable (20% of your grade): 21 hours

Plagiarism  (5 % of your grade): 3 hours

Total: 200 hours

Obviously, these timings are mere suggestions and may vary considerably between individuals (e.g. due to differences in prior knowledge).

Classroom etiquette

Be on time. Walking in late disturbs everyone. At this university and many places of employment, tardiness communicates lack of interest and lack of dependability. If you cannot avoid being late, make sure to be unobtrusive about your entry.

Please avoid using mobile communication devices in class, you should be paying attention to the lecturer and class discussions, not communicating externally. Occasionally we will ask you to bring your laptop to class for some of the exercises. Also during these periods, we ask you to concentrate on the exercise and not communicate externally.

While it is acceptable – and for health reasons recommended – to bring your filled water bottle to class, we ask you to wait for the break or the end of class to refill it. Getting up and walking out during a session disturbs people and gives the impression that you don’t respect the class, the other students or the instructors.

If you must miss a class, contact the tutor ahead of time to let her know that you will not be in class.

It’s good to ask questions and make comments, but if you dominate the class time with too many questions and/or comments, the instructor and other students cannot participate in class discussions. When asking questions or making comments, keep them related to the discussion at hand.

Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungseinheiten

Einheit Datum Inhalte
1 03.10.2019

Introduction to truth, power and transformation.

Thursday (1pm to 4pm).

2 10.10.2019

Introduction to truth, power and transformation.

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

3 17.10.2019

Introduction to truth, power and transformation.

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

  • 1st Deliverable due 16 Oct 2019

 

4 29.10.2019

Thematic Block 1 – Fertility (Maria Rita Testa)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

5 5.11.2019

Thematic Block 1 – Fertility (Maria Rita Testa)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

 

6 12.11.2019

Thematic Block 1 – Fertility (Maria Rita Testa)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

  • Deliverable due 24 Nov 2019

7 24.10.2018

Thematic Block 2 – Climate Change (Sigrid Stagl)

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

Stern, N. 2015 Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change: MIT Press (Ch1-4, p.3-150).

Please watch the following lectures:

Climate Science following the Paris Agreement: What Next? (S Belcher, UK Met Office) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkkq1e4FqfE

Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (N Stern, LSE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jq69WWqDnY

Paris, climate & surrealism: how numbers reveal another reality (K Anderson, U Manchester)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIODRrnHQxg

 

8 07.11.2019

Thematic Block 2 – Climate Change (Sigrid Stagl)

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

Block,F. and Somers, M. R. 2014 The Power of Market Fundamentalism - Karl Polanyi's Critique: Harvard University Press, Ch1-3 (p.1-97).

 

9 14.11.2019

Thematic Block 2 – Climate Change (Sigrid Stagl)

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

Nelson,J. 2013. Is Dismissing the Precautionary Principle the Manly Thing to Do? Gender and the Economics of Climate Change (23p.)

  • Deliverable due 24 Nov 2019

 

10 19.11.2019

Thematic Block 3 – Sustainable Work (Ernest Aigner)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

 

11 26.11.2019

Thematic Block 3 – Sustainable Work (Ernest Aigner)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

 

12 03.12.2019

Thematic Block 3 – Sustainable Work (Ernest Aigner)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

  • Deliverable due 07 January 2020

 

13 21.11.2019

Thematic Block 4 – Social Policy in Ageing Societies (Thomas Leoni)

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

 

14 28.11.2019

Thematic Block 4 – Social Policy in Ageing Societies (Thomas Leoni)

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

15 05.12.2019

Thematic Block 4 – Social Policy in Ageing Societies (Thomas Leoni)

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

  • Deliverable due 07 January 2020

 

16 10.12.2019

Thematic Block 5 – Multiple Crises (Andreas Novy)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

Literature to prepare: Brand, Novy

 

17 07.01.2019

Thematic Block 5 – Multiple Crises (Andreas Novy)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

Literature to prepare: Rodrik, Slobodian

 

18 14.01.2019

Thematic Block 5– Multiple Crises (Andreas Novy)

Tuesday (9am to 12pm)

Literature to prepare: Keynes, Polanyi

  • Deliverable due 10 Feb 2020

 

19 6.12.2019

Thematic Block 6 - Inequality (Jürgen Essletzbichler)

Friday (1pm to 4pm)

 

20 13.12.2019

Thematic Block 6 - Inequality (Jürgen Essletzbichler)

Friday (1pm to 4pm)

 

21 20.12.2019

Thematic Block 6 - Inequality (Jürgen Essletzbichler)

Friday (1pm to 4pm)

  • Deliverable due 10 Feb 2020

 

22 09.01.2020

Synthesis of Thematic Blocs and CGPC.

Thursday (1pm to 4pm)

 

23 15.01.2020

Synthesis of Thematic Blocs and CGPC.

Wednesday (1pm to 4pm)

Feedback.

  • 5th Deliverable (due 08 Feb 2020 Write an essay for a newspaper where you outline a SEEP-Approach to one selected contemporary global policy challenge that has been discussed in a thematic bloc. Make sure that your writing is accessible to a lay audience. As a first reference you can use the introduction of the 11th Edition of the Style Guide of the Economist.

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