Curricula Guides

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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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FUTS3257 FUTUS3 Systems thinking 6 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Markku Wilenius
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X
Preceding studies
Recommended:
FUTU1 or other relevant studies, contact futu@utu.fi for details.

Learning outcomes

Students master the different paradigms of systems thinking and are able to link them with futures studies. They are capable of connecting alternative futures assessment with systemic approach and analysis.

Contents

The course is divided into two parts. The first part is approaches, paradigms and methodologies of systems thinking. Exploring how systemic approach incorporates the study of relations and interactions between elements, components, constituents and classes. Understanding the systemic characteristics enable to model them in a way that describes the system as a whole. The second part focuses on the self-organizing nature of dynamic and complex
developments. Students become acquainted with understanding the growing complexity of systems, particularly social systems. Students are given examples how to apply systems thinking
in understanding how organization operates as a system. Students are given group assignments where they are asked to use systems thinking in assessing the future of a given human entity. The objective of the course is to learn key concepts and methods of systems thinking and how to apply them in futures studies.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 8 h 0 h
Independent work

Compulsory lecture attendance.

Teaching language

English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Essay
  • In English

Compulsory lecture attendance. An extensive written assignment on a given topic based on the lectures and literature.

Evaluation

Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1st year

Study materials

Systems thinking reader and a collection of articles.

1. MEADOWS, DONELLA, Thinking in systems – a primer. Chelsea Green publishing 2008.

2. LALOUX, FREDERIC, reinventing organizations, Brussels, nelson Parker 2014 

 

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Turku School of Economics
Optional Advanced Courses (Futures Studies)
Finland Futures Research Centre
Finland Futures Research Centre
Optional Advanced Courses (Futures Studies)
2018–2019
Teaching
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Finland Futures Research Centre
Futures Studies (Field of Business)