The lecture is provided by the UNESCO UNITWIN Complex Systems Digital Campus and it is available on the website Future Learn (http://www.futurelearn.com/courses/global-systems-science)
. Global System Science (GSS) includes the following four elements:
- Analysis of policy problems at local and global scales;
- Complex systems;
- Policy informatics;
- Citizens’ engagement.
The course addresses the question of how policy makers can be confident that proposed policies will have the intended desirable outcomes and not have undesirable unintended consequences. Starting from the consideration that social systems have multilevel dynamics and policies interact at all levels, from local to global, the Global System Science (GSS) aims to provide scientific evidence to support policy-making, public action and civic society to collectively engage in societal action. This is done through a multidisciplinary approach, involving the adoption of complex systems perspectives, computer science tools and political science theories, merged within an innovative procedural framework, that helps devise effective policies for the development of sustainable societies.