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Mastering systems thinking in practice
Mastering systems thinking in practice

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Week 1: Systems thinking in practice

Introduction

Welcome to this badged open course, Mastering systems thinking in practice.

In this first week of the course, you will be encouraged to reflect on your existing knowledge and assumptions about systems thinking in practice, and it will give you a grounding of what the course as a whole will cover.

First, watch the following video in which Andy Lane, the course author, introduces a visual metaphor to describe a systems practitioner.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • describe how this course deals with the nature of systems thinking and systems practice and that these require you to take responsibility for your own learning and to question how you know about the world.

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