Systems Theory Course Intro



this course is an overview of the foundational concepts within system theory in particular it is focused on conveying what we call the system's paradigm that is the basic overarching principles that are common to all areas of systems thinking and theory systems-thinking has been defined as an approach that attempts to balance holistic and analytical reasoning in systems theory it is argued that the only way to fully understand something is to understand the parts in relation to the whole system's thinking concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the elements that compose the entire system by taking the overall system as well as its parts into account this paradigm offers us fresh insight that is not accessible through the more traditional reductionist approach this course explores the foundations to systems theory the process of reasoning called synthesis and its counterpart analysis the central theme throughout the course will be on understanding these two basic processes of reasoning and how they relate to each other thus enabling the student to become more effective in their reasoning and modeling in the first section of the course we start off by taking an overview to the systems paradigm we will talk about how systems thinking helps us to gain an awareness to our processes of reasoning their assumptions strengths and limitations we will try to understand what paradigms in general are before going on to talk about theories and the development of formal models in the second section we explore the two basic approaches of holism and reductionism and their counterparts synthesis and analysis which are the two processes of reasoning that form the foundations of systems thinking in this section we give a clear distinction between the two different approaches how they interrelate and the consequences of using each approach the third section covers the theme of nonlinear causality a recurring theme across all of the system science a major distinction between the analytical and synthetic approach is that between linear and nonlinear causality in this section we explore each and how they give very different conceptions to our understanding of cause and effect in the next section we explore the relational paradigm a way of looking at the world in terms of the connections between things the networked patterns they form and how these shape and define the overall system we go on to talk about the importance of interdependence and integration within systems thinking the final section of the course is dedicated to process thinking Systems Theory sees the world in terms of constant change and macro level processes that shape events through what are called systems archetypes likewise we will talk about the key structural process of differentiation and integration that drives evolution and change within all forms of systems this course is designed for anyone with an interest in systems thinking and theory and should be accessible to all by the end of the course students will have gained a new way of looking at the world what we call the system's paradigm that can offer fresh insight and a new approach to looking at virtually any domain of interest




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  1. Congratulations for the initiative ! All courses are very well structured and allow anyone with interest to understand basic principles of complex systems and related topics. About the books you are selling in your official webpage: I would like to know if they have any exercises and examples. I supppose the videos are based on them (how more deep are they in comparison to your videos?). I intend to give courses in my school (systems science, energy and development, etc) based on your material. Thanks a lot.

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