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Approx. 9 hours to complete
English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Background and System Parts

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 21 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
The Black Panther and The Sacred Monster4m
Overlooked System Elements2m
Physical Flows1m
Information Flows2m
Stocks2m
Feedback Loops2m
Purpose2m
3 readings
Why me?10m
Systems-Thinking for Sustainability15m
System Parts: Elements, Flows, Stocks, Feedback Loops and Purpose15m
3 practice exercises
Reflection: How can you be successful in this course?8m
Reductionist and Systemic Thinking, Sustainability and Soccer20m
System Parts: Elements, Stocks, Flows, Feedback Loops and Purpose26m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

System Boundaries and Behaviors

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 23 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Time2m
Detail2m
Inputs and Outputs2m
Insight1m
Interdependence2m
Thresholds2m
Self-Organization2m
Resilience2m
Emergence1m
4 readings
System Boundaries15m
Level of Detail15m
System Behaviors15m
Interdependence15m
2 practice exercises
System Boundaries16m
System Behaviors22m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Evaluating Systems and Creating Sustainable Systems

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 27 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
Inertia2m
Carrying Capacities1m
The Five Whys3m
Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA)2m
Biomimicry2m
Closing Loops1m
Adaptability2m
Polycentrism2m
Transparency1m
Systematic Inequality1m
Elegant Systems are Sustainable Systems2m
4 readings
Evaluating Sustainability Overview15m
Path Dependence15m
Creating Sustainable Systems Overview15m
Closing Loops15m
2 practice exercises
Life Cycle Assessment - Your Footprint10m
Creating Sustainable Systems16m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

The Endless Quest for Sustainability

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 7 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Leverage Points2m
Mindset1m
2 readings
The Endless Quest10m
Leverage Points and Women's Equality in Brazil15m

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