Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking
(15 ECTS)
This course introduces qualitative and quantitative approaches to the analysis of systems and shows how they can be applied to social-ecological systems.

A particular focus will be understanding regime shifts, the reorganization of the structure and processes shaping a social-ecological system. Regime shifts will be analyzed from a theoretical and practical perspective, including the investigation of a set of case studies.

Resilience thinking uses systems concepts to understand such abrupt changes. Key resilience concepts will be introduced. Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and methods for analysis, and will conduct group and individual research projects that utilize these concepts and methods.

Required readings
Meadow, D. H. (2008), "Thinking in Systems: A primer" Chelsea Green Publishing.

Walker and Salt, 2012. Resilience practice: building resilience to absorb disturbance and maintain function. Island press.  p 117-134

The course can be studied independently, but requires a Bacherlor degree and knowledge equivalent to "Social-ecological systems: challenges and approaches" (15 credits).

The course consists of the following three modules:
IV: Systems Thinking (4 ECTS)
V. Regime Shifts (4 ECTS)
VI. Resilience Thinking (7 ECTS)

Detailed course syllabus will be available no later than four weeks before first lecture.

Course description on SISU

Course details


    Second level studies
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