THE EPISTEMOLOGY

OF

SYSTEMS THINKING

SD 761/ ERS 675S

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Course will not be offered in 2000-2001 academic year as J. Kay is on sabbatical.

Course Description

This course explores Systems Thinking and its implications for Design and Problem Solving and thinking about environmental problems. We will begin by reviewing the basic ideas of a "systems approach". Then we will explore the various schools of thought about systems and its applications. This will be followed by an examination of complex systems thinking. Particular emphasis will be placed on Methodologies for engineering Design and Problem Solving and the ecosystem approach. Guest speakers who will address both epistemological and application issues will be invited to the class. Students will undertake research of an area and present their findings in class.

Course Information

Course Instructor:

James Kay
Environment and Resources Studies
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

ES1-220, x3065
e-mail: jjkay@fes.uwaterloo.ca

Last updated: 13 April, 2000 jjk

URL: www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/crs/ers675s/