PROJECTS IN SYSTEMS THINKING AND SYSTEM DYNAMICS
2018/2019, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Residential College 4)
Modular Credits: 4
This module will foster deeper anchoring in Residential College 4’s (RC4s’) theme “Systems Thinking and System Dynamics” through diverse projects related to systems such as energy, environment, health, society, and business. It builds upon the skill sets that RC4 students acquired in junior seminar and senior seminar 1. Students will do individual projects supervised by RC4 fellows; some of them may involve external collaborations, and field work. Intellectual exchanges between supervisors, collaborators, practitioners on the field, and peers will provide a unique experience to students.
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
(i) Inquire into any specific system of interest from multiple perspectives (such as social, political, economic, and cultural)
(ii) Visualize interconnections and interdependencies between the multiple perspectives influencing a system
(iii) Synthesize virtual models of society, environment, diseases, hospitals, factories, and population to perform experiments that can help in a better understanding of the dynamic and counter-intuitive behaviour of systems
(iv) Ask critical research questions that can discern the most sensitive elements of a system as policy levers.
(v) Design and evaluate creative and well-considered policies as solutions to challenging problems that confront us.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week