This unit takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex adaptive systems and developing skills in systems thinking. This unit helps students to develop a systems thinking mindset and the skills and tools to apply that mindset to complex socioecological problems and coupled human and natural systems. Students will learn to critically evaluate the complexity of the ‘wicked’ sustainability problems of today and the humility with which we must approach those challenges. The systems thinking skills and techniques students develop in this unit will strengthen student’s ability to understand and manage complexity – a skill immediately applicable to and attractive for a range of disciplines or vocations. This unit will be delivered online through an interactive series of presentations, activities and live collaborative workshops.
|Unit name||Systems Thinking|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Rural Clinical School|Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|Philosophy and Gender Studies|
|Coordinator||Doctor Vishnu Prahalad|
|Teaching staff||Doctor Graham Wood|Doctor Nicholas (Nick) Towle|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Describe the characteristics of systems across scales using appropriate tools and skills for a given system challenge
- Apply systems thinking to societal problems to identify leverage points for transformative change
- Critically reflect upon the strengths and limitations of systems thinking to solve complex problems in society
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
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|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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