- Code REGN8056
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject RegNet
- Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Politics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Anthea Roberts
- Mode of delivery In Person
Autumn Session 2022
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We live in a complex and highly interconnected world. In the 21st century, humanity is facing risks stemming from climate change, pandemics, rising inequality, and great power rivalry, which cannot be understood or managed from the perspective of a single discipline. Domains that were previously kept relatively separate, like economics, national security and the environment, are colliding. Governance regimes are multiplying, fragmenting, and overlapping in a bid to grapple with these challenges. This course considers approaches to governance in the face of complexity. It covers issues such as: what governance and regulatory approaches can we adopt to better understand complex problems? What frameworks can we develop to understand and manage opportunities and risks across domains? How does incremental and transformative change happen and what does it demand of us and our institutions? How can our societies develop more resilience in the face of catastrophic risks?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to complexity, catastrophe and resilience
- Critically analyse contemporary national and international challenges relating to the governance of complexity, catastrophe and resilience
- Evaluate different governance approaches for responding to these issues and apply them with respect to particular domains
- Conduct independent research on governance challenges and approaches to complexity, catastrophe and resilience within a particular domain
- Active participation in class (10) [LO 1,2]
- Reflection on selected class readings (maximum 1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research essay (maximum 3000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 60 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
Actual time required may vary with individual students.
Andreas Duit et al, Governance, Complexity and Resilience, Global Environmental Change 20 (2010) 363–368
Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman, ‘Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion’, 44 International Security (2019)
Ian Goldin and Mike Mariathasan, The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It (2014)
Ted G. Lewis , Bak's Sand Pile: Strategies for a Catastrophic World (2011)
James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen, Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (2010)
Thomas Oatley, Toward a poliJames Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen, Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (2010) tical economy of complex interdependence, European Journal of International Relations 1 (2019)
Charles Perrow, Normal Accidents (1984)
Charles Perrow, The Next Catastrophe (2011)
Nasim Taleb, The Black Swan (2007) and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012)
Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (2015)
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