This is an advanced course in system dynamics, a sequel to System Dynamics Modelling 771/871. It is intended for system dynamicists or students with prior knowledge in system dynamics who want to take advanced topics in system dynamics.

An introduction into the basic concepts of and insights into the crafty art and artistic craft of the orthodoxies and heterodoxies of economics in the theoretical and practical realms.

05 - 10 June 017: Focusing on the global dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience, this module helps students understand critical ecosystem services that underpin the well-being of different societal groups in South Africa, and how these can be managed or restored to build resilience and support transitions in complex, interconnected social-ecological systems (SES).

21 August - 02 September 2017: This course will deepen the understanding developed in Systems and Technologies by way of a course that gets delivered in India in partnership with an NGO called Dharmitra. Led by Professor Tarak Kate, this course will provide students with a direct and hands-on experience of sustainable agriculture practices in Maharashtra State, India.

8 - 23 September 2017: A journey in ancient systems and modern realities, this course is structured over a 16 day trek to a remote and highly traditional rural region in order to provide a lived understanding of the transition between traditional, localised economies and the modern globalised economy. Unlike anything currently on offer when it comes to learning for sustainable futures, this course is structured to drive radical paradigm shifts.

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 provdes an understanding of the links between science, knowledge, evidence-based policy and action for sustainability and the role of planning and environmental techniques, assessments and analyses in this process. An overview will be given on extracting, processing and presenting data; demographic and socio-economic, poverty and inequality assessments, environmental impact analysis (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), sustainability assessments and sustainability indicators.

A brief introduction to mainstream and heterodox economics; the complex relationship between ideology, money and social power; the politics, economics and sociology of policy reform, state-building and developmental statecraft.

29 May - 03 June 2017: Exploring the possibilities inherent in having, and facilitating, conversations that matter to us, we will look at facilitation as the conscious use of process, substance, and space. From a process perspective, we will look at some theories of dialogue and facilitation, some ways of thinking about group process and different kinds of dialogue.

06 - 11 March 2017: Participants will describe, analyse and critically evaluate the different options for ensuring food security from a sustainable development perspective, within a globalised food system, with a deep dive into South African agriculture, food security and varying policy responses and debates.

19 - 24 June 2017: Students will engage with and critique food system transitions (including governance, policy and ideological positions) within the context of food security and food system sustainability. They will be equipped to apply food systems thinking, identify various ideological positions in food debates and analyse food policy and governance practices.

31 July - 05 August 2017: Students are provided with an understanding of the changing modes of governance at the local, national and international levels within a context characterised by globalised information-based economic dynamics, the rise of civil society and the challenge of sustainable development.

20 - 25 February 2017: An introductory overview of the developing field of trans-disciplinary and integrated development planning to promote sustainability. This includes an examination of the international, African and South African planning context, and the introduction of new planning language, procedures, techniques and tools that are being used in the management of the built environment, environment, social, economic and institutional development.

03 - 08 April 2017: Develop leadership capabilities that are premised on the capacity to recognise, describe, analyse and apply the different ethical models and value systems that underpin socioecological action.

The global drivers of decoupling economic growth and addressing climate change have seen much emphasis placed on the development of renewable energy projects. This module enables participants to understand the parameters that influence the financial aspects and project design of renewable energy initiatives in Africa.

An overview of the policy context, which must be understood as the regulatory, institutional and market setting for renewable energy technologies (RETs), and an understanding of the policy context the sustainability of RETs, from the perspectives of policy-makers and other stakeholders.

This course forms the foundation of the various modules in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

14 - 19 August 2017: A general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 20 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development.

This module will be the foundation stone of the entire programme. It will provide course participants with an overview of the most significant global environmental, social and economic challenges that face humankind, and an insight into the solutions suggested by the universal commitment to sustainable development.

21 - 26 August 2017: This course will investigate the concept of Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise, and what this looks like both in the developed as well as in the developing world, with special emphasis on Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

This course provides participants with an appropriate way of visualising the complex interrelationships between various parts of real-world problems; problems that continually change over time and are resistant to corrective action. 

27 March - 01 April 2017: This course introduces the philosophy and principles underlying alternative sustainable farming systems (e.g. organic farming, biodynamics) and applies them to different crop and animal production systems through case study teaching. 

15 - 20 May 2017:

Understanding the power, influence, process, and embeddedness of design in all systems, industries, and lifestyles, will enable you, the citizen, to interact with and empower design and designers in the transition towards more sustainable practices, and the redirection of choice and the creative contribution.