Judgment and Decision Making



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

Decisions are made in an uncertain world. When making decisions, people are rarely fully informed or have enough time and mental capacity to consider fully the situation and available alternatives in order to make optimal choices. In addition to revealing the mechanisms and processes of decision making under uncertainty, the course will also analyze how detrimental these limits are for making right decisions, and how the shortcomings are compensated by people and by organizational actors. Current debates concerning judgmental biases will be discussed. In addition to the cognitive components of the decision making process, the role of emotions, social and organizational norms, fairness and equality considerations, moral commitment and social dilemma situations will be discussed. The course will focus on the application of theoretical findings in everyday life as well as in medical, legal and political decision making. The individual semesters will focus on a chosen specific aspect, new trends and methodological issues of the field.

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