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There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this free course, Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think, is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.
By the end of this free course you should be able to:
- develop verbal, visual and mathematical models that explore your personal ecology and quality of life;
- reflect on the implications of using such models to inform your thoughts and actions.
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Understanding the environment: problems with the way we think
This unit will facilitate your exploration of a viable way of life by identifying actions that individuals can take to reduce environmental impacts while sustaining community well-being. You will be required to develop a worked example of how to go about doing this based on your own experience. In particular, you will explore how identifying a balance between reducing environmental impacts and sustaining community well-being should be an ongoing learning process.
This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Understanding systems: making sense of complexity (T214) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in .
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Environmental Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Environmental Studies courses.
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Last updated on: Friday, 21st December 2012
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