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Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think

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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.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate developed verbal, visual and mathematical models that explore a personal ecology and quality of life
  • reflect on the implications of using such models to inform personal thoughts and actions.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Thursday 17th March 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Environmental Studies
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Understanding the environment: problems with the way we think

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This course 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 OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 2 study in Environment & Development [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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