This web-based course utilizes conceptual modelling tools to promote system understanding when dealing with complex issues, such as societal resource management where multiple disciplines, stakeholders and processes are involved. The overall aim of this course and this “system perspective” is to help initiate projects and bring together the actors that can jointly develop strategies for problem definition, appropriate methodology and project opportunities. Although the main examples will deal with environment and resource management, the approach is applicable to most any type of problem and within a range of disciplines. Both research and educational collaboration can be facilitated by case-study modeling. Considering the diversity of applications areas and the specificity of each individual case study, the methodology intends to provide general but adaptable procedural guidance for initial project development.
This very much a “hands-on” course and the participants are expected to actively get involved in the development of one of the proposed case studies. These will be proposed by the members of the PLATFORM network and who will also be prepared to help assist during the group work with each case study. The sequential methods for problem analysis and project initiation will be jointly presented and discussed in the weekly webinars. The results achieved by the participants will be an important part of the discussions. Therefore, a timely completion of the tutorials is pedagogically valuable for both individuals and jointly for the case-study groups. An international and interdisciplinary mixture of course participants is expected. This will help illustrate the need and value for cooperative tools.