1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
POAD9114 has been successfully completed
Course context
Master of Public Administration; Graduate Diploma in Public Administration; Graduate Diploma in International Development; Graduate Certificate in International Development; Graduate Certificate in Development Administration; Graduate Certificate in Public Policy; Master of Arts (International Development) by coursework; Graduate Certificate in Organisational Learning
Topic description
Critical systems thinking and practice is widely used to address complex organisational challenges and problem solving in a range of sectors and contexts internationally. In a changing and complex world we need thinking and practice tools to equip us. In this topic comparisons are made between this approach (to participatory design, decision-making, planning, management and accountability) and others, in order to:

i) provide an analysis

ii) provide an explanation of the approach, and

iii) to provide practical skills

Discussion of examples of local and international applications (drawing on the experience of the participants) will be a focus for learning. 'Diversity', 'complexity' and 'change' have become buzzwords, but how can employers, employees, citizens and marginalised interest groups address public policy and management challenges using critical systems thinking and practice?
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide an exploration of the issues underpinning the construction of social policy problems and the context in which systemic, diversity management occurs. Students will learn innovative and systemic approaches to thinking and practice that will enable them to become better policy makers and managers in a complex, changing world.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills in conceptualising participatory policy by addressing the pitfalls associated with problem and issue definition
  2. Understand the value of considering the narratives of all participants in developing 'solutions'
  3. Develop responses that are mindful of interrelated issues across sectors and disciplines
  4. Develop and apply participatory approaches to problem solving with stakeholders
  5. Understand the different perspectives on social policy and their implications and ramifications
  6. Apply diversity management tools to address specific issues.