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Learn how to use systems and complexity thinking to address a variety of social, managerial and policy problems.
Systems thinking provides theory and practical tools for seeking solutions to messy social and organisational problems at local, regional and global levels.
A system’s behaviour emerges from interactions between its elements. Systems thinking starts with qualitative diagrams but as the number of elements, relations and feedback loops increases we need the computational approach of complex systems science.
Using real-world examples the course provides methods and tools for your own examples, enabling you to apply systems and complexity thinking in your personal and professional life.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Apply systems thinking to a wide variety of social and technical systems
- Apply the method of drawing systems diagrams to represent systems and their dynamics
- Apply the Formal Systems Model to practical situations
- Apply knowledge of feedback loops and their likely impact on system behaviours
- Apply the concepts of Complex Systems System to understand why systems are unpredicatble
- Collaborate with others analysing and improving systems
Professor of Complexity Science and Design at the Open University & Deputy President of the UNESCO UniTwin Complex Systems Digital Campus.
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