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Sustainability Science

MESS33, 10 credits

The course allows students to develop skills that foster more nuanced understandings of complex sustainability challenges.

The course allows students to develop skills that foster more nuanced understandings of complex sustainability challenges.

In addition to gaining an understanding of the evolution of the field of sustainability science, students develop knowledge about the possibilities and limitations of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches in sustainability research. In addition, the majority of course learning activities concentrate on participants developing competences with different tools and system approaches used for understanding complex socio-ecological systems. These include, DPSIR, Causal Loop Diagrams, stock and flow thinking, the multi-level perspective (MLP) in Transitions, and the Ostrom SES Framework. Furthermore, students gain proficiencies with anticipatory processes including scenario analysis and visioning.

Students develop inter-personal abilities such as presentation skills, effective group work skills, and professional report writing, among others.

Literature list

Literature list, established 2020-06-11 PDF (436 kB)

 

I found the systems thinking block particularly interesting and intellectually stimulating. I also found all the frameworks we covered very helpful and relevant.

 

Student, Batch 23