POL Wicked Problems: Politics and Policy in Modern Italy

Course Name: POL Wicked Problems:  Politics and Policy in Modern Italy

Description: Wicked problems such as terrorism, organized crime, poverty, and climate change are hard to solve because they are enormous in scope, difficult to define, and interconnected with other problems. As a result, trying to tackle wicked problems can sometimes feel hopeless. Yet, as the world becomes increasingly globalized, these problems affect each and every one of us.  Therefore, understanding how a country’s political system can either help or hinder its efforts to tackle wicked problems is of crucial importance. This course introduces students to the modern Italian political system and some of the wicked problems that confront modern Italy. Topics include global terrorism, immigration and the refugee crisis; political corruption and organized crime; economic development and unemployment; and environmental sustainability and climate change.

Credit Hours: 3