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Jonathan Brock
PB AF 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Study and analysis of special topics in public affairs. Topics vary each quarter depending on curricular needs and interests of students and faculty.

Class description

TOPIC: MANAGING COMPLEX PROCESSES-- Through the use of case studies, augmented by guest speakers and student presentations, this course examines a number of policy problems and how they have been addressed through non-traditional means, often achieving progress where stalemate had ruled for years. The course aims to provide a different way of considering important policy problems by challenging future managers, policy advisors and policy makers to assess problems or conflicts and develop an approach for addressing them that draws upon lessons learned in this course. The course seeks to arm you with tools for considering the structures and features of coordinated efforts and policy making processes that increase the likelihood of resolving significant community issues and problems.

Included in the course will be at least four current or recent examples of addressing land use, economic development, tribal-community, air quality and agriculture-environment conflicts. Some of the people involved in these conflicts will make presentations to the class. Although our political, legal, and regulatory structures in many ways encourage litigation and polarization rather than cooperation and consensus building, this course demonstrates that working between the seams of these structures can achieve results that are broadly supported, binding, and effective. In many cases, resources for regulatory enforcement and scientific data may not be available, so other approaches for pursuing valued goals of a community must be explored. The course curriculum provides a theoretical foundation by drawing upon the literature and frameworks. It also bridges the gap from theory to practice by examining real examples and the opportunity to assess why they were successful in addressing the issues.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 12/30/2008