Towards an Understanding of the Complex World

What do antibiotics resistance, managing organizations, urbanization, natural resources utilization and spread of diseases have in common? Why do systems respond the way they do? What leads to their counterintuitive behavior? Students will explore these questions through the systems and critical thinking paradigm, taking into consideration the connections between the various physical and social subsystems that make up our reality. Through collaborative work, students will learn to expand and curate knowledge fragments into structured representations for larger, complex systems. By deciphering common motifs, and understanding the effect of interdependencies between subsystems, students will develop a deeper sense of real-world phenomena.

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