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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

What is complexity?

Welcome to the first course of our specialisation on solving complex problems! In this module, we will be looking at complexity in the broadest sense and how it relates to us. From there we will zoom in to different aspects of this universal and all-encompassing concept.

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5 videos (Total 32 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Complex Systems2m
Assessments - Specialisation Overview5m
8 readings
Specialisation Assessment Overview5m
A Preview of the Briefing Paper Assignment5m
Assessment Overview for Course 1: Analysing Complexity5m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Glossary1m
2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod 18m
Short writing for Module 1: What is complexity?30m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Complex Physical Systems

In this module, we'll look at how complexity operates in the inanimate universe, the corresponding links between physics, chemistry, and geology and how they reflect the ground rules of all forms of complexity.

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5 videos (Total 32 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Planetary Complexity6m
Complex Physical Systems3m
9 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Glossary1m
2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod 26m
Short writing for Module 2: Complex physical systems30m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Complex Adaptive Systems

In this module, we'll explore the ratcheting up of complexity inside adaptive systems, and the impact adaptation has on the rules of the game for constantly evolving complex systems.

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6 videos (Total 37 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
The Complexity of Brains5m
Complex Ecosystems8m
Adaptive Systems and Ecosystems3m
11 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Glossary1m
2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod 38m
Short writing for Module 3: Complex adaptive systems30m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Complex Cultural Systems

In this module, we'll look at an even more powerful adaptive system - culture. We'll survey what is at the root of this new form of complexity and how this impacts our thinking about how human society, the most complex system of which we are aware, functions and evolves.

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6 videos (Total 41 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Linguistic Complexity7m
Complexity Wealth and Consumption7m
Complex Cultural Systems3m
11 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Glossary1m
2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod 46m
Short writing for Module 4: Social complexity30m
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Top reviews from Analysing Complexity

By JWNov 8th 2018

This is a fascinating topic. I've been looking for something to provide a solid base for knowledge and this appears to be it. It gives me a different perspective about life and life challenges.

By TAOct 24th 2017

You should study Complexity from this course if you are interesting in complex system.

Instructors

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David Baker

Associate Lecturer
Big History Institute
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David Christian

Professor
Big History Institute
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Shawn Ross

Associate Professor
Big History Institute

About Macquarie University

Macquarie is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world, and with a 5-star QS rating, we are recognised for producing graduates who are among the most sought-after professionals in the world. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university: one focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society....

About the Solving Complex Problems Specialization

SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS will teach you revolutionary new problem-solving skills. Involving lectures from over 50 experts from all faculties at Macquarie University, we look at solving complex problems in a way that has never been done before. This specialization uses the framework of Big History which synthesizes knowledge across the sciences and the humanities, and provides a powerful foundation to think and research in new ways. Big History has been embraced as an important global framework by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Presentations at WEF by Professor David Christian, one of the creators of this specialization, have included ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Solving 21st Century Challenges’ (Davos 2012), ‘Big History for Big Picture Thinking’ (Davos 2014), and ‘Big History, Big Decisions’ (Tianjin 2014). In 2015, the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos had four sessions devoted to Big History including three interdisciplinary ‘Big History, Big Future’ panels on cooperation, innovation, and global growth and stability. These interdisciplinary discussion panels were the inspiration for this Solving Complex Problems Specialization....
Solving Complex Problems

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