131-0004-00L  Module 4: Reframing Complexity

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Luthe, to be announced
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


131-0004-00 GModule 4 Reframing Complexity18s hrsT. Luthe, to be announced

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AbstractThe module "Reframing complexity "invites participants to explore various access points for dealing with uncertainty, fostering a holistic perspective on complexity and encouraging a more nuanced and informed approach to navigating complex living systems.
ObjectiveThe "Reframing complexity" module aims to empower participants to understand the intricacies of living systems deeply. Key learning goals include distinguishing between complexity and simplicity, challenging traditional views by fostering a mindset that embraces complexity, and exploring how to design resilient strategies within complex systems. The module emphasizes the role of big data and visualization tools in intervention strategies. Participants will also grasp the interconnectedness of science, praxis, data types, warm data, and AI in complex systems. The overarching objective is to enable individuals to navigate uncertainty by identifying various access points and weaving diverse perspectives into a holistic understanding of complexity.
ContentBeginning with Eric Berlow's perspective on "The Other Side of Complexity," the module challenges conventional views and introduces alternative ways of understanding intricate systems.

Fritjof Capra, a renowned figure in systems thinking, contributes to the module focusing on "Complexity Science and Systems Thinking." Participants can anticipate a deep dive into the foundations of complexity science and the principles of systems thinking.

The Hinnen Brothers bring a practical dimension to the module with "Reframe It!" where participants are guided in adopting a reframed mindset towards complexity, offering tangible tools for navigating complex systems.

Michael Stauffacher from ETH Zurich sheds light on the intersection of "Science and Praxis," providing valuable insights into how scientific knowledge translates into practical applications, particularly within the realm of complex systems.

Nora Bateson contributes to the module focusing on "Warm Data," emphasizing the significance of contextual and relational information in understanding complexity. Participants explore how such insights contribute to a more holistic understanding of complex systems.

The module further investigates the role of artificial intelligence in "When is AI Regenerative?"—examining scenarios where AI positively influences the resilience and regeneration of complex systems.

Finally, the module addresses the intricate challenges involved in "Complexities of Decarbonization," providing participants with a nuanced understanding of the hurdles and considerations in transitioning to sustainable and low-carbon practices.
Lecture notesSee Module 1.4 in MOOC#1 Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration: Link
LiteratureSee Module 1.4 in MOOC#1 Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration: Link
Prerequisites / NoticeMOOC#1 Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration is a pathway to CAS#1 Sustainability to Regeneration. To be accepted into the CAS, applicants must have completed the respective MOOC by the time the CAS starts. The content from the MOOC will be supplemented in the CAS by live virtual events with experts from all over the world. In addition, after the first virtual introductory introductory week, a real design excursion to the MonViso Design excursion to the MonViso Institute in Italy. This trip is obligatory.

The final delivery of the CAS should demonstrate the scientific base of our work in evidence-based writing with a foundation in the peer-reviewed literature and graphical, visual, systems-mapping, and spatial ways of designerly expressions. As the main deliverable, participants must submit a framed graphical Quest synthesis process map consisting of two main parts: a graphical synthesis map (pdf format) and a framing text bracket that motivates, introduces, explains, discusses, and concludes the synthesis map.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Luthe
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Primary target groupCAS ETH Reg. Syst.: Sustainability to Regeneration (131000)

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