To introduce and illustrate the modern approaches based on Systems Thinking, applied to the study of complex systems. Any student will have the possibility to learn the setting up of a systemic diagram for the topic related to his/her PhD thesis.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. To know and understand the main theories which the systemic approaches are based on.
1.2. To know and understand the application fields of different approaches.
1.3. To know the principles of operation and the setting up of some analytical tools of Systems Thinking.
2. Capability of applying knowledge and comprehension
2.1. To use the learned concepts in his/her own field of study.
3. Capability of judgement
3.1. To evaluate and choose critically the most suitable approaches, pointing out the possible need for complementary methodologies to guarantee the logical consistency and the reliability of the study.
3.2. To integrate the study based on Systems Thinking with the information obtainable by different approaches, or related to different theoretical frameworks.
3.3. To frame the application potential of the study within a general perspective of integrated sustainability.
4. Communication skills
4.1. To communicate both the knowledge and the effects of its application using the proper scientific language.
4.2. To interact with the teacher and with the other students in a constructive way, in particular during the experimental working groups activity.
5. Capability of learning
5.1. To take comprehensive and rigorous notes, even by the interaction with the other students.
5.2. To properly select the bibliographic references for the study, even by the interaction with the teacher, most of all for those contents that are not easily found in a single textbook.