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The second course of the specialization EVALUATING PROBLEMS will show you how humans think and how to utilize different disciplinary approaches to tackle problems more effectively. It advances your knowledge of your own field by teaching you to look at it in new ways. EVALUATING PROBLEMS is constructed in the following way: Week I. “Thinking about Thinking” – How problem solving evolved in nature, how the mechanics of our brains work, and the psychological biases that can emerge when we think. Week II. “Philosophy, Science, and Problem Solving” – How humans have historically approached problem solving, from ancient times to the present. Week III. “Approaching Problems in the Natural Sciences” – How people in the natural sciences deconstruct problems. Week IV. “Statistics and Problem Solving” – How statistics can be used to evaluate problems and think critically. Week V. “Approaching Problems in the Humanities” – How people in the social sciences and humanities deconstruct problems. Week VI. “Evaluating the Anthropocene” – How to evaluate the problems of the Anthropocene....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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2 hours to complete

The Evolution of Problem Solving

Welcome to the second course of our specialisation on solving complex problems! In this module, we will introduce you to modes of thinking, how our capacity for thinking has evolved, and the blindspots that can still arise out of our fragile, blindly evolved, mammalian brains....
Reading
7 videos (Total 52 min), 14 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Logic, Induction, and Deduction6m
Problem Solving in Nature9m
Understanding the Vertebrate Brain6m
The Human Brain9m
The Bias of our Brains7m
Evaluating Complex Problems3m
Reading14 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Assessment Overview for Course 2: Evaluating Problems5m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
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Resources1m
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Resources1m
Glossary1m
Glossary1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 18m
Short writing for Module 1: Epistemology, logic, and problem solvingm
Week
2
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2 hours to complete

Philosophy, Science, and Problem Solving

In this module we shall explore how human cultures evaluate complex problems, taking in global perspectives from history, looking at modern science, and examining cases where contemplation of problems go beyond science into the field of ethics and society....
Reading
7 videos (Total 51 min), 13 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Ancient Graeco-Roman Problem Solving8m
Traditional Chinese Philosophy and Problem Solving9m
Enlightenment Approaches to Problem Solving7m
The Limits of Scientific Truth7m
Complex Problems Beyond Science7m
Culture and Problem Solving3m
Reading13 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
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Quiz2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 26m
Short writing for Module 2: Introduction to the history and philosophy of sciencem
Week
3
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2 hours to complete

Approaching Problems in the Natural Sciences

This module will look at how we evaluate problems in the sciences in its various branches, and contemplate how these methods may lend themselves to our own approach to complex problems....
Reading
6 videos (Total 33 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
The World of the Very Large7m
The World of the Very Small5m
The World We Build5m
The Artificial Brain6m
The Uses of Science3m
Reading11 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Glossary1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 36m
Short writing for Module 3: Approaching problems in the natural sciencesm
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4
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2 hours to complete

Statistics and Problem Solving

In this module we will examine the very important role that statistics play in evaluating complex problems and certain skills and approaches that can be utilised in our own domains....
Reading
6 videos (Total 45 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Probability10m
Using Statistics Effectively8m
Statistics and Management8m
Statistics and Economic Theory7m
Navigating Complex Systems3m
Reading11 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Resources1m
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Resources1m
Glossary1m
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Glossary1m
Glossary1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 48m
Short writing for Module 4: Statistics and problem solvingm
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By MMNov 17th 2017

I loved this second course on the "Solving Complex Problems" roadmap.\n\nIt allows us to truly reflect on the problem we set in course 1 and to develop new areas of knowledge.\n\nI truly enjoyed it!

Instructors

David Baker

Associate Lecturer
Big History Institute

David Christian

Professor
Big History Institute

Shawn Ross

Associate Professor
Big History Institute

About Macquarie University

Macquarie is a hub of inspired and unconstrained thinking. Macquarie was founded with a unique purpose: to bring minds together unhindered by tradition. Created to challenge the education establishment, Macquarie has a rich track record of innovation. Macquarie actively shapes the complex issues that define the future of humanity....

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....
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