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Doctoral Research Seminar: Knowledge in the Public Arena

This is a course about how research knowledge and other types of knowledge come to be actionable and influential in the world or not. The course explores ways to make research knowledge more accessible, credible, and useful in the realm of public policy and practice, a project in which the course faculty collectively bring decades of professional experience, in both academic and non-academic roles.The course addresses the politics of the policymaking process, the power of framing and agenda-s...

Start Date: Feb 01, 2007 Topics: Design
Cost: Free

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This is a course about how research knowledge and other types of knowledge come to be actionable and influential in the world or not. The course explores ways to make research knowledge more accessible, credible, and useful in the realm of public policy and practice, a project in which the course faculty collectively bring decades of professional experience, in both academic and non-academic roles.The course addresses the politics of the policymaking process, the power of framing and agenda-setting, fads and paradigms in the design professions and society in general, how knowledge diffuses along knowledge and influence networks, and how varied types of knowledge (rational, craft, other) and deliberation shape decision-making and action. The course engages a number of guests to present case studies of research in use (and abuse) in varied fields, highlighting rich areas for potential research contributions, along with major conflicts in public values, political interests, ethical obligations, and more. The resulting dilemmas confront scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and others as they look to research sometimes for useful guidance, influence, or both.

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  • Dates: Feb 01, 2007 to May 25, 2007
  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Prof. Xavier de Souza Briggs, Prof. Martin Rein, Prof. Frank Levy
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: MIT OCW
  • Topics: Design

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About MIT OCW: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

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