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    Welcome to the course Systems and Planetary well-being!

    The open course is aimed at everyone interested in the well-being of people and the planet, from secondary school to university and for the needs of working life. BENY2021, the Introduction to Planetary Wellbeing course, is a prerequisite for completing this course. The course explores the properties and interactions of natural and social systems from a systemic perspective, emphasising sustainability issues.


    After completing the course, you

    • Can describe properties, functions and interactions of natural and social systems with systems-thinking terminology.
    • Can justify the importance of holistic systems approach to tackling sustainability.
    • Is able to describe how different social systems (e.g. food and energy systems) relate to sustainability.

    The general quidelines can be found on the next tab called "Course instructions".

    We warmly welcome you to study on our course!

    Course team:
    Mikael Puurtinen, Miikka Salo, Venla Korhonen ja Saana Kataja-aho

    Thank you also to the production team Ville Halttunen, Jari Niemi and Maiju Valkeinen for their technical support in the implementation of the course, and Kaisa Kortekallio for her help in translation!


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