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Model-based Socioeconomic Planning

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEO-SD321
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    English

  • Resources

Level of Study

Master/PhD

Semester of Instruction

Spring

Objectives and Content

In this course, the students are introduced to system dynamics-based models designed for studying and managing complex, dynamic socioeconomic problems in developing countries. Developing countries often struggle with long-lasting, comprehensive problems that seem immune to quick fixes. Students use the planning models as an aid to identifying the structural origin of such problems and designing and evaluating policies for their alleviation. The model-based analysis extends to macroeconomic, social, and environmental issues. While the focus is on problems in developing countries, some of the model-based insights also apply to problems faced by industrialized countries.

Learning Outcomes

Express knowledge and understanding

Students gain extended knowledge about the application of the System Dynamics method to the identification and solution of dynamic problems in socio-economic domains by way of modelling, simulation and analysis. They gain knowledge about the intimate relationship that exists between structure and behaviour (dynamics) in such. They gain knowledge about the significance of a robust strategy development, the associated policy design and the resulting decision making (i.e. management) in national contexts, - in particular in multi-sector and -disciplinary domains. The students will know of the basic concepts of model based national development planning.

 

Apply knowledge and understanding

Students will apply their knowledge in a series of comprehensive case studies that will be presented in class, all based on a template model that forms the point of departure for the investigation of various sectors in a national context. Students are challenged to investigate the turbulent socio-economic dynamics arising from an underlying, non-linear structure by way of computer based modelling and simulation. Particular emphasis will be placed on their recognition of dynamic patterns of problem behaviour and the corresponding underlying structures, as well as their ability to propose and evaluate policies to address such problems. Students are trained to distil the essence of their insights and present it in the form of compact causal loop diagrams.

 

Make judgements

Students learn to make judgements about how well a model structure contributes to the explanation of an observed or hypothesised dynamic behaviour.

Communicate

Students are encouraged to participate actively in class. The students will be trained both in writing and in oral presentations to explain the relationship between structure and dynamic behaviour in the systems under investigation.

 

Develop learning skills

The course is putting the student on the track of becoming a skilled modeller, a problem identifier and a policy designer in the context of national development planning. It equips the student with the basic skills and tools to progress in the investigation of systems in ever more complex domains and familiarise the student with relevant scientific literature in the field.

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEO-SD302 or GEO-SD201 or corresponding

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, lab exercises and advisory sessions

Mid April - Mid May (4 weeks)

40 hours (lectures) 40 hours (assignment consultations).

80 hours in total

Forms of Assessment

Project graded (100%)

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Spring

Course Evaluation

GEO-SD321 will be evaluated minimum every third time it´s taught.

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Geography

studieveileder@geog.uib.no

http://www.uib.no/rg/dynamics