This core unit of study aims to introduce the central concepts of systems approaches to addressing complex, multi-dimensional, multi-scale issues. Systems approaches are increasingly being recognised as essential for unravelling the complex network of influences on human health, from biology and nutrition to economics and society. The Charles Perkins Centre is committed to fostering new ways of thinking with systems approaches, which it sees as the key to identifying innovative solutions to the growing global health problems associated with diet and lifestyle. An understanding of concepts from complex systems thinking will help students develop their own thinking about complex health issues and identify novel approaches and research questions.
Lectures, E-Learning, Workgroups, Presentation, Laboratories
Through semester assessment (100%)
The unit is aimed at graduates and researchers who are interested in developing skills in complex systems analysis. The unit is highly interdisciplinary and as such, there is no assumed prior knowledge or course prerequisites. However, students who will benefit most from the unit will be those who are open-minded and motivated to think outside the box. The unit has been deliberately designed as a new teaching and learning experience.