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Understanding the environment: Complexity and chaos
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: Complexity and chaos, is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.
This is the fifth course in the 'Understanding the environment' series. For more information, see the introductory session here.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- carry out a series of simulations of population dynamics
- experience the dynamic complexity resulting from the interaction of positive and negative feedback loops over time
- use quantitative data to identify trends and investigate the nature of relationships within a system dynamics model.
First Published: 10/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Course outline
- 2 Section readings – Complexity and chaos
- 3 Section activities
- 3 Section activities
- Activity 5A: Exploring positive and negative feedback through system dynamics modelling
- Activity 5B: Engaging with a system dynamics model of exponential human population growth (and decline)
- Activity 5C: Simulating carrying capacity and limits to growth
- Activity 5D: Simulating overshoot, collapse and regeneration
- Activity 5E: Developing your own system dynamics diagram
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