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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

What is Innovation?

Welcome to Course 3 of the specialisation! In this module we will look at what innovation is, in the broadest possible context, and how the innovations humans devise to solve complex problems are the continuation of a much bigger and more critical trend....
6 videos (Total 42 min), 12 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Cosmic Innovation8m
Chemical Innovation7m
Biological Innovation5m
Neurological Innovation5m
The Root of Innovation3m
12 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Assessment Overview for Course 3: Creating Innovation5m
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Glossary1m
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 14m
Short writing for Module 1: What is innovation?45m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

The Evolution of Human Creativity

In this module we will look at the main drivers of human innovation and how they have shaped the entirety of human society and history....
6 videos (Total 39 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
The Power of Language6m
Innovation in the Palaeolithic7m
Innovation and the Holocene6m
Innovation and Agriculture7m
Population and Connectivity3m
11 readings
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Glossary1m
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 24m
Short writing for Module 2: The evolution of human creativity45m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Innovation in a Complex Global Network

In this module, we will examine the information networks that arose out of increasing human complexity, from the earliest such networks to the global network that fosters human innovation today....
7 videos (Total 51 min), 13 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Afro-Eurasian Networks and Innovation7m
The First Global Networks and Innovation7m
The Scientific Revolution and Innovation7m
The Industrial Revolution and Innovation7m
The Diffusion of Innovation8m
Innovating in a Global System4m
13 readings
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 38m
Module 3: Innovation in complex global networks45m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Planning Innovation

This module will deal with top-down innovations, where large organisations shape their infrastructures to maximize the chances of discovering an innovative solution to a problem....
8 videos (Total 61 min), 15 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Innovation in the Ancient World6m
Institutional Power and Innovation6m
The Failure of Planned Innovation9m
The Success of Planned Innovation9m
Innovation and National Development8m
Research and Innovation10m
Top-Down Innovation4m
15 readings
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 410m
Short writing for Module 4: Planned innovation45m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Market Innovation

In this module we will examine bottom-up innovation, where the forces of supply and demand can under the right conditions foster innovation and increase the chances of them occurring....
8 videos (Total 64 min), 15 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Economic Theories of Innovation9m
Thomas Edison and Industrialised Innovation7m
Financing Innovation9m
The Psychology of Innovation7m
Patents and Innovation9m
Blind and Planned Innovation7m
Innovation by Market Forces6m
15 readings
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 510m
Short writing for Module 5: Market-driven innovation45m
Week
6
4 hours to complete

Innovation in the Anthropocene

In this module, we will look at the future of innovation and how we may cope with the complex problems that arise out of the Anthropocene....
7 videos (Total 43 min), 11 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
The Great Acceleration8m
Markets and the Future of Innovation5m
Science and the Future of Innovation8m
The Internet and the Future of Innovation5m
Innovation and Our Future6m
The Final Assignment2m
11 readings
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3 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 66m
Short writing for Module 6: Innovation in the Anthropocenes
Final assignment for Course 3: Creating Innovation10m

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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