Courses & Units

Systems Thinking KGA207


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
Unit code KGA207
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Vishnu Prahalad
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


AssessmentCase Stiudy 1 (20%)|Case Study 2 (20%)|Journal (20%)|Presentation (40%)
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