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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SYS 30000 - It’s A Complex World - Addressing Global Challenges

Credit Hours: 3.00. The main goal of this course is to address grand challenges that are of global concern - such as environmental sustainability and energy use, natural and human disasters, and political and economic development - using the ideas and tools of complex adaptive systems. The course exploits the broad expertise of the four faculty members by treating these challenges from diverse disciplinary perspectives, from the biological and physical sciences, to the social sciences, to engineering. By way of a set of case studies, students will analyze the features of these challenges which make them complex, and seek to explain and find solutions to the problems that arise in each case. Their treatment of the cases will be informed by published research and computer simulation. Students will actively participate in discussions regarding these global challenges, and contribute to the progress of the class using oral and written presentations. The course will culminate with a final project completed by teams composed of students from different disciplines. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.