Free course

Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback

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Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback

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: Flows and feedback, is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.

This is the fourth 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:

  • use the sign graph diagramming technique to develop and communicate a systemic understanding of complex situations
  • identify feedback relationships as fundamental controllers within systems and as points of intervention to enact change.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 14/02/2020