Complexity Explorer Santa Few Institute


Course Syllabus

Spatial Modeling

Spatial Modeling is a course in Geography at the University of Oregon focused on the theory of complex systems and the practice of modeling. The objectives of this course are to facilitate an understanding of geographic processes through the lens of complexity, and to develop computer modeling skills that enable simulation of a variety of geographic phenomena with complex systems models. No prior knowledge of complex systems or programming is required. The only prerequisites (besides GEOG 481/581) are an interest to think in different ways about the world and an aspiration to be somewhat nerdy through the use of computer models. Readings for this course include a couple of popular science books and several articles on the good, the bad, and the ugly of modeling. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with the discourse of complexity, be able to think about the world through the lens of complex systems science, manipulate existing models for their own purpose, test models for usefulness, and communicate the science of modeling to the general public.

University of Oregon
Chris Bone
Emergence, Modeling, Scaling, Networks