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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • ESD.10 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Technology and Policy 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Engineering Systems Division 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Dan Roos
    Prof. Annalisa Weigel 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • ESD.10 Introduction to Technology and Policy



    Fall 2006




    Course Highlights


    This course features assignments and projects plus extensive readings.


    Course Description


    This course explores perspectives in the policy process - agenda setting, problem definition, framing the terms of debate, formulation and analysis of options, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes using frameworks including economics and markets, law, and business and management. Methods include cost/benefit analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and system dynamics. Exercises include developing skills to work on the interface between technology and societal issues; simulation exercises; case studies; and group projects that illustrate issues involving multiple stakeholders with different value structures, high levels of uncertainty, multiple levels of complexity; and value trade-offs that are characteristic of engineering systems. Emphasis on negotiation, team building and group dynamics, and management of multiple actors and leadership.
     

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