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All living and non-living creatures, including humans, are part of a self-managing ecosystem. Because we ‘take’ much from the natural system, including food, clean air and water, building materials, beauty and inspiration, we also have a duty to care for the system. Students learn to understand the ecosystem, its underlying systems and their interrelationships, to acquire the right knowledge and to make the right choices.


The ecosystems that contain us and are contained in us are complex. Therefore, understanding these ecosystems requires an understanding of the complex systems approach and characteristics of each part of the ecosystems. Knowing that we are able to hold and restore ecosystems alive. 


The most effective way to understand complex systems is to construct your knowledge based on the logic of the system structure, to discover the connections between different parts of the system and processes. 


Get to know yourself as part of an ecosystem that you are creating with other living and non-living beings. 


SDG 6 Clean Water & Sanitation; SDG 13 Climate Action; SDG 14 Life Below Water; SDG 15 Life on Land 


Physics, Ecology, Chemistry, Economy, History, Mathematics, Geography, Biology

Key concepts
  • Integral systems approach
  • Master plan design
  • Scale and decentralization
  • Carbon, climate and peak oil
  • The earth as a system
Learning outcomes


  • Explain basics of systems approach & regenerative design
  • Explain key concepts of ecology
  • Comprehend importance & limitations of scientific methods, worldview & ethics
  • Understand principles & application of Life Cycle Analysis
  • Comprehend spatio-temporal characteristics on application of design principles
  • Recognize emergent properties, non -linearity, non-predictability, evolutionary dynamics, self-organization, adaptivity, networking & openness of complex systems
  • Recognize manipulation and demagogy, greenwashing, false use of arguments and facts


  • Recognise personal Die Umwelt
  • Recall & reflect how personal worldview & ethical values influence knowledge
  • Portray to others the complexity of systems through dance, story-telling, composing art et
    Critiques different philosophical approaches in the context of resilience
  • Engage others to understand complexity of ecosystems
  • Value others understandings and knowledge and build up empowered collaboration
  • Express the perspectives of other living & non-living beings
  • Reflect on spatio-temporal influence of their actions


  • Found information from instrumental, observational & documented sources
  • Evaluated reliability of information
  • Conceived & expressed complexity of systems through story-telling, art etc
    Stored & archived info in different media
  • Used statistical methods to analyse & interpret information
  • Applied whole system design principles creating artifact
  • Used & combined traditional/contemporary working methods
  • Created/contributed to whole system design school-energy, water etc


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