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Systems Thinking - Climate Change and Sustainable Decision Making

70 days
799 GBP/full
799 GBP/full
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This Systems Thinking - Climate Change and Sustainable Decision Making course at the University of Glasgow will explore tools and theories that help you create solutions for a sustainable future by shifting your mindset away from looking at individual, siloed, components of a system in isolation and shifting toward understanding how these components interrelate and interconnect.


The Systems Thinking - Climate Change and Sustainable Decision Making course at the University of Glasgow is intended for a wide range of learners who want to learn skills and understanding of the complexities of making decisions in post-pandemic world in the context of the climate emergency and sustainable/just transition.

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Describe what systems thinking is, why it is relevant to climate change and sustainability.
  • Evaluate the potential value and contribution of systems thinking in supporting ESG and CSR [a systems approach will naturally leverage pro-environmental orientation of individuals within organisations to act toward their strengths and interests]
  • Explore different ways in which systems thinking can be applied in practice by individuals and organisations to support problem-solving, decision-making and organisational learning
  • Evaluate case studies of system orientated responses to climate change
  • Apply a set of ‘synergistic analytic skills’ including: Systems mapping to enable problem framing and scoping; Scenario thinking to support individuals to explore plausible futures
  • Understand that due to the complexity and dynamic nature of systems, intuitive decision-making does not always lead to expected outcomes.

Career Prospects

Skills learned in this course will be directly applicable to a wide range of workplaces and will be desirable to companies/organisations trying to make the changes needed for the transition to net zero and responsive to new policies and regulations that will drive the need for change.

Programme Structure

  • The course is asynchronous, but there is a weekly opportunity to join an optional, live Q&A session with your instructors. The course brings together academic theory, case studies, and encourages you to think about the real-world application of these in practice.
  • The assessments will draw on practical application of tools related to real world case studies that leverage the learners’ own experiences. Peer-to-peer discussion through asynchronous forums/discussion groups. A final assessment will be a report exploring how one of the various critical theories of change explored in the course can be applied at the community or organisational level.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 70 days

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10 alternative credits

Learners who successfully pass the course assessment will also gain 10 credits (this is optional).



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Participants should have a first degree or equivalent and an IELTS score of at least 6.5. No previous experience in climate change, sustainability, or systems thinking is required. This course is specially designed for those new to the discipline.

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 799 GBP for the full programme during 70 days.


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