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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Revising the problem definition

Welcome to the Capstone! This module contains all sorts of information on how to finish the final assignment. At the end of the module, you will review the problem definition you wrote at the end of Course 1....
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Reading3 readings
An overview of Capstone activities10m
A Preview of the Briefing Paper Assignment10m
Writing Advice10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Revising the problem definitionm
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectives

Here you will review the summary of sources your produced at the end of Course 2, as well as the reflective exercise you completed at the end of Course 3....
Reading
1 quiz
Quiz1 practice exercise
Incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectivesm
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Projecting a status quo scenario

Here you will review the ‘status quo scenario’ from Course 3. Reflect on this prediction in light of the work you have done since you first formulated it. ...
Reading
1 quiz
Quiz1 practice exercise
Projecting a status quo scenariom
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Developing innovative solutions

Here you will review your preferred innovation from Course 3 to address the problem you have articulated....
Reading
1 quiz
Quiz1 practice exercise
Developing innovative solutionsm

Instructors

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Shawn Ross

Associate Professor
Big History Institute
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David Baker

Associate Lecturer
Big History Institute
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David Christian

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....
Solving Complex Problems

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