Synergia MOOC 2022

System Change not Climate Change
photo by kris krüg

Toward Co-operative Commonwealth:
Transition in a Perilous Century

Our 4th offering of this online course begins February 7, 2022

System change and transition to a political economy that is both socially just and environmentally sustainable are now the central concern of social movements the world over.  

Climate change has added an unprecedented layer of complexity to social change work. To meet this challenge, transition to a just and sustainable future requires a perspective that is more integral, more holistic and more demanding of co-operation than anything we have seen since the rise of industrialization. This is the starting point for the transition work we envisage at Synergia, and that is embodied in the content of this MOOC.  

The approach blends theory and critical analysis with the practical models for transition that currently are being applied in countless communities around the globe. Our task has been to make these transition models visible and shareable.  

This MOOC focuses on how system change is understood and how it is being undertaken in six key economic sectors: Land and Housing, Food and Agriculture, Energy, Work, Social Care and Finance. Each module examines the nature and source of the problems manifested in one of these areas and where real solutions are being applied. A holistic perspective also requires that we explain how each area (or “theme”) relates to the other five and to transition overall: what each contributes to our understanding of system change and to the vision of a just, humane and sustainable future.  

The course is composed of 8 modules that run over 16 weeks. A Synergia Certificate of Completion will be offered to all those who complete the course.

Each module runs for 2 weeks and requires between 1.5 and 3 hours a week depending on choice of study track.

Following week 6 and week 12 there is a 2-week break to catch your breath.

Weekly Time Commitments vary depending on your situation (See Ways to Participate).

  • Week 1 of each module is devoted to reviewing video & text resources
  • Week 2 of each module is devoted to online collaborative exercises, synchronous group discussion & individual written reflections.

Synergia Certificate of Completion will be offered to all those who complete the course. University credit from Athabasca University will also be available. For further information, see Certificates and Accreditation below.