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Macquarie University

Solving Complex Problems

Macquarie University via Coursera Specialization


SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS will teach you revolutionary new problem-solving skills. Involving lectures from over 50 experts from all faculties at Macquarie University, we look at solving complex problems in a way that has never been done before. This specialization uses the framework of Big History which synthesizes knowledge across the sciences and the humanities, and provides a powerful foundation to think and research in new ways. Big History has been embraced as an important global framework by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Presentations at WEF by Professor David Christian, one of the creators of this specialization, have included ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Solving 21st Century Challenges’ (Davos 2012), ‘Big History for Big Picture Thinking’ (Davos 2014), and ‘Big History, Big Decisions’ (Tianjin 2014). In 2015, the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos had four sessions devoted to Big History including three interdisciplinary ‘Big History, Big Future’ panels on cooperation, innovation, and global growth and stability. These interdisciplinary discussion panels were the inspiration for this Solving Complex Problems Specialization.


Course 1: Analysing Complexity
- Offered by Macquarie University. The first course of the specialization ANALYZING COMPLEXITY will teach you what unifying patterns lie at ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Evaluating Problems
- Offered by Macquarie University. The second course of the specialization EVALUATING PROBLEMS will show you how humans think and how to ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Creating Innovation
- Offered by Macquarie University. The third course of the specialization CREATING INNOVATION will teach you what is at the core of all ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Solving Complex Problems Capstone
- Offered by Macquarie University. From the very start of the specialization, your assignments will be geared toward tackling a complex issue ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

David Baker, David Christian and Shawn Ross


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