Short courses

Executive Development

Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate or civil society sectors can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as sustainable development, systems thinking, food security and sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership.

The courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known, while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes.

The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes. Please find more information below on the short courses presented at the Institute.

Complexity Theory & Systems Thinking

A general introduction to a new paradigm for rethinking the connection between natural and social systems within the wider context of sustainability. Master the basic concepts of this approach, including a history of systems thinking, with special reference to the emergence of conceptions of complexity, chaos and dynamic self-organising systems; Complexity, post-structuralism and the rethinking of science.

This module aims to provide students with a general introduction to a theoretical field that has emerged in recent decades from the natural sciences and which has since penetrated both the management sciences and more recently certain sections of the social sciences. As the new paradigm for rethinking the connection between natural and social systems within the wider context of sustainability, it is essential that course participants have mastered the basic concepts of this approach. Central themes will include: - History of systems thinking, with special reference to the emergence of conceptions of complexity, chaos and dynamic self-organising systems; - Complexity, post-structuralism and the rethinking of science; - The organising principles of all life forms; - complexity and post-modernism; - Implications of complexity theory for an understanding of the relationship between natural and human systems; - Applications within the management

Target Group

Post-graduate students and practitioners seeking an introduction understanding and studying complex adaptive systems. This course will help you to develop your understanding of the nature of complex problems and how they can be tackled.Systems thinking enables you to grasp and manage situations of complexity and uncertainty in which there are no simple answers. It's a way of learning your way towards effective action by looking at connected wholes rather than separate parts. It's sometimes called practical holism.

Eve

Eve Annecke is responsible for creating the SI's approach to learning, and her masters level teaching is in sustainability, complexity, leadership, environmental ethics and facilitation.

rikapreiser

Rika Preiser is based at the Centre for Studies in Complexity since 2009 and has been a part-time lecturer in the Department of Philosophy since 2008 at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.