Free course

Systems practice: Managing sustainability

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Systems practice: Managing sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making amongst stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty. You will learn about systems practice for managing sustainable development, and find out how 'learning systems' are designed for purposeful action in the domain of sustainable development.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • distinguish between a range of possible modes of systems practice and identify examples of each
  • recognise and identify how some modelling and particular systems dynamics approaches have been in used in the domain
  • recognise some particular demands that engaging with the domain of sustainable development has for effective systems practice
  • understand how the question of ‘Who learns what?’ provides an integrating theme through all modes of systems practice
  • recognise and suggest ways to formulate systems of interest in multiple stakeholder settings.