May 28, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023
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ELC-724 Systems Thinking

4 semester credits
The Systems Thinking course is one of the four required courses in the Approaches to Inquiry Learning Area. Systems Thinking is the process of understanding how things influence each other within a whole. This definition allows us to see System Thinking as both a common-sense proposition that we all employ in our day-to-day lives, and it also suggests how Systems Thinking can help us understand and change complicated systems such as classrooms, schools, business, community, and political organizations. This course explores key Systems Thinking principles, approaches, and theorists. You will also be introduced to examples of how Systems Thinking has been applied by some organizations and individuals to make change.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Defines systems thinking and delineates examples of several different systems.
  2. Applies one or more systems theories to the analysis of problems encountered in community activism or educational settings.
  3. Critiques theory, concepts, or methods consistent with the practice of social and ecological justice, recognizing that systems theories are not solely a European phenomenon.

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