Complexity Theory & Systems Thinking
13 - 18 March 2017: 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
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.