UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN CERTIFICATED APPLIED COMPLEXITY SCIENCE COURSE 2024

05 Feb 2024
Complexity
05 Feb 2024

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN CERTIFICATED APPLIED COMPLEXITY SCIENCE COURSE

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) is offering a world-first course aimed at professionals, managers and executives in the private and public sectors, and corporate employees at various levels, SMME’s, entrepreneurs and interested individuals. This unique year-long course is offered on a self-managed learning platform, a new model in which students ‘learn-as-they-go’ whenever it suits them, with their results automatically monitored, whilst receiving immediate feedback.

The course offers a curated and comprehensive set of readings, case studies, discussions, and insights covering the broad area of complexity science and systems theory. Students will examine key theories from complexity and systems science, across cultures and societies. The wide-ranging body of knowledge covered includes many disciplines, ranging from biology to engineering, ecology, cosmology and quantum mechanics.

Core concepts of system archetypes like simple systems, complex systems, chaotic systemic and complex adaptive systems will be introduced. The behavioural patterns attached to each of the system typologies will also be studied, whilst the application of the knowledge areas are made evident. The outcomes include improving understanding of system types, like organisations and societies, and how best to understand and integrate and apply different system types into viable wholes.

 

Students will develop a broad understanding of complexity and systems science bodies of knowledge, seen as being vital as it facilitates trans-disciplinarity and integration of frameworks, develop very specific understanding of systemic elements. This is vital as it encourages multi-disciplinarity since all socio-economic problems cut across specialist areas and boundaries, requiring rare and needed systemic skills and tool. These skills and tools are purposed to ensure students are empowered to face global and community problems collaboratively.

Please see the following clip which provides insight into the course:

Course presenter: Dr Fuad Udemans

Course fee: Full fee R25 000; Staff and UCT alumni fee R22 500, student fee R18 750 (course fee includes the book, On the nature of socio-economic systems: the science, the practice, the reflexivity, by Dr Fuad Udemans)

For further information email the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at ems@uct.ac.za or phone Dr Medee Rall at: 27 83 707 6420.

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