POL5801 - Workshop in Public Affairs

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One semester
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2019/20

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The rise of populism and spread of anti-institution have overshadowed the functions and roles of government in recent years. As a consequence, a new paradigm of tackling wicked problems (or ill-structured problems) has emerged.  The general public especially the young generation with the help of information, communication and technology (ICT) has co-sourced new social tools, such as sharing economy and Web 2.0, crowdsourcing (or crowdfunding) to address social problems.  The purpose of dealing with public problems is not merely for the sake of “the bugs stop here”, but also for creating “public value” in the society or communities by making social impacts.  Therefore, the main aim of the public affairs workshop is to prepare our future public managers or administrators to think and make policies “out of the box” by engaging the local wisdom, social innovations and diversified social capital to co-produce social and public goods.

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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