Our complex world is bound together by multiple overlapping systems. Social systems interact with physical and biological systems. Societies and individuals, ecosystems and species, interact in ways that influence each other. Systems thinking is the ability to see the relationships and patterns within and across systems, as well as the underlying structures which shape those relationships and patterns. This course provides an introduction into systems thinking for sustainability. We will explore the key features of systems and students will learn the basics of the systems thinking lens which they will be able to use for addressing sustainability in an ever-changing world. Class time will be devoted to lectures, case studies, group activities and discussions.
Course Attributes: BU BA; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC; EN S