ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES: HUMAN IMPACT IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES: HUMAN IMPACT IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Future Learn

Starts 6th March 2017

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course explores three basic principles when considering how natural systems are organised:

Causality

Internal dynamics vs external drivers

The mathematics of human ecology

Humans like to compartmentalise – dividing things into categories and boxes. They also like to look for ‘cause and effect’, reducing action and reaction to defined components. However, complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions.

Although living systems are complex, there are also some clear patterns and simple relationships that appear to be fairly constant. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised, and consider how our intuition can help us decipher the dynamic.

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