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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 freee course, Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models, 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:
- identify the need to recognise and integrate a blend of cognitive styles and multiple intelligences as the basis for effective systems practice and thinking
- recognise that the way we engage with the world is through partial models of reality, and that these models are limited by different cognitive styles and ‘traps’.
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Understanding the environment: thinking styles and models
Communities everywhere are coming under increasing pressure from interlinked social, economic and environmental challenges. Many communities are coming together to tackle these challenges, and individuals with some expertise in exploring wicked problems will play an increasingly significant role. In order to allow effective collaboration in understanding the highly complex and interlinked forces at play, it is important to have community groups composed of individuals with complementary skills. The aim of this course is to explore your particular approach to engaging with complex situations, allowing you to discover your strengths and weaknesses.
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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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Originally published: Tuesday, 29th March 2016
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