Systems Thinking

Course Description

Complex systems are at the root of our world’s most pressing problems and largest opportunities.  This course focuses on concepts and practices used to define and analyze systems, providing opportunities for students to build competencies with systems thinking to describe, assess, understand and manage complexity from local to global scales.  This course considers a range of topics including systems science, complexity, behavior of complex adaptive systems, networks, emergence and patterns of organization.  Participants will gain direct experience applying a systems lens as both students and teachers by preparing and presenting a course project on one topic of their choice and working together to develop a syllabus for a large introductory course pilot on systems thinking.