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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Agricultural Systems Thinking

STOCKSCH 379

Systems thinking is a way of understanding complex real-world situations such as those often encountered in sustainable food and farming careers. Systems tools are needed to complement more traditional discipline-focused scientific approaches when a problem under study: 1) is complex; 2) involves multiple relationships; and/or 3) involves human decision-making. This course will introduce students to systems tools for unraveling complexity and integrating their learning from previous courses and experience. Case studies and real farms students learned about in STOCKSCH 265 (Sustainable Agriculture) will be used as model systems for application of integrative systems tools. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-PLSOIL majors in the Sustainable Food and Farming Subplan.
Course Details

Summer 2021

On-Line
Jul 6, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021
John Gerber
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87066
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Base Cost: $1,446 ($482/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Start date: Jul 06, 2021
End date: Aug 13, 2021
Last day to add: Jul 12, 2021
Last day to drop: Jul 12, 2021
Last day to withdraw: Jul 28, 2021
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