Description: Modern societies are dealing with a growing array of risks, including environmental pollution, communicable diseases, new technologies, and complex financial systems. Students will learn how governments try to manage risks through policymaking. How do they protect citizens and maintain their legitimacy and credibility without unduly restricting freedoms or stifling innovation?
Course Goals: To teach students: 1) theoretical approaches to risk and governance.
2) to introduce students to different ways that governments deal with risk and society; to help students understand policy controversies related to risk.
3) to discuss alternative possibilities for policy related to risk.
Competencies: There are no required prerequisites for the course but an understanding of the policy process is recommended. Students will develop their political and policy analysis and oral/written communication skills in the course.