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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

What is Innovation?

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 42 min), 12 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Cosmic Innovation8m
Chemical Innovation7m
Biological Innovation5m
Neurological Innovation5m
The Root of Innovation3m
12 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
Assessment Overview for Course 3: Creating Innovation5m
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Glossary1m
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 14m
Short writing for Module 1: What is innovation?45m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The Evolution of Human Creativity

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 39 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
The Power of Language6m
Innovation in the Palaeolithic7m
Innovation and the Holocene6m
Innovation and Agriculture7m
Population and Connectivity3m
11 readings
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Glossary1m
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 24m
Short writing for Module 2: The evolution of human creativity45m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Innovation in a Complex Global Network

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 51 min), 13 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Afro-Eurasian Networks and Innovation7m
The First Global Networks and Innovation7m
The Scientific Revolution and Innovation7m
The Industrial Revolution and Innovation7m
The Diffusion of Innovation8m
Innovating in a Global System4m
13 readings
Resources1m
Glossary1m
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 38m
Module 3: Innovation in complex global networks45m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Planning Innovation

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 61 min), 15 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Innovation in the Ancient World6m
Institutional Power and Innovation6m
The Failure of Planned Innovation9m
The Success of Planned Innovation9m
Innovation and National Development8m
Research and Innovation10m
Top-Down Innovation4m
15 readings
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Glossary1m
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2 practice exercises
Multiple Choice - Mod. 410m
Short writing for Module 4: Planned innovation45m

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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