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This course, Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making among stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty.

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This course, Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making among stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty.

You will be encouraged to engage with the concept of sustainable development, and discover and contextualise your own sustainable development beliefs and values.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Engage with the domain of sustainable development
  • Contextualise any experience in the domain of sustainable development
  • Critically read, interpret and analyse some accounts of environmental, development and sustainable development issues and situations
  • Identify systems of interest in some sustainable development situations
  • Identify types of hierarchy that are meaningful in the domain of sustainable development.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:15:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • Exploring your understanding of sustainable development 00:30:00
  • Searching for ‘system’ in sustainable development situations 00:02:00
    • Contextualising sustainable development in terms of historical events 00:20:00
    • Predictions 00:45:00
    • Linking environment and development 00:15:00
    • The Brundtland report 00:15:00
    • The United Nations Summits and Commission for Sustainable Development 00:20:00
    • Increasing globalisation 01:30:00
    • Sustainable development and sustainability 00:25:00
    • Values, beliefs and circumstances 00:35:00
    • Connections between values, beliefs and circumstances 00:35:00
    • Exploring values, beliefs and circumstances in relation to a sustainable development situation 01:15:00
    • Issues of stakeholding 01:00:00
    • Some different beliefs about sustainable development 01:00:00
    • Values and sustainable development 01:00:00
    • Congruence between your sustainable development values and your behaviour? 02:00:00
    • Conclusion 00:03:00

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