College of Exploration

Systemic Inquiry Course Details

Using Systems Thinking in Graduate Research: A Systemic Inquiry.

The Systemic Inquiry Course is designed to accompany and wrap around a conference on any subject that offers the opportunity for graduate students to learn. As the title suggests the course takes a cyber-systemic approach to inquiry.

ISSS 2016 Systemic Inquiry Course

The next course is offered at the International Society for Systens Sciences, Boulder, Colorado, July 21-30 2016: Register for the course and conference at the Conference Website

ISSS 2016 Conference Course Outline and Details PDF

Course Readings 1,2 and 3 PDF

Book Chapters to Read:
Social Systems and Design - Gary Metcalf PhD

If you would like to register for 3 Graduate Credits then this option is available from the University of Colorado. More details in this PDF document. The University of Colorado credit option wil carry some additional assessment requirements.


Systemic Inquiry Course Bookstore

Systems thinking in practice (STiP) education is poorly institutionalised across the Higher Education (HE) sector though needs to contextualise issues and studies and recognise interconnections are much in evidence across many different sectors. This course is designed and implemented as a course-based initiative for PhD students keen to incorporate systems approaches (systems theories and methodologies) into their research practice. ¬†This initiative is of particular relevance to societies from the all fields but especially systems and/or cybernetics fields (here after cyber-systemics). The model that has been developed can be used as a ‘wrap-around’ to any conference offering where enhancement of STiP capabilities may be desired or warranted.¬†

The key elements of the learning system design are (i) a sponsoring host University able to offer credits for training; (ii) a process design based on systemic inquiry; (iii) pre and post-conference time dedicated to the participants framing of the inquiry, valuing of prior experience and group-based learning; (iv) dedicated staff immersed in the different cyber-systemic traditions as well as learning system design and facilitation capability and (v) freedom to use the associated conference itself as a source of input as well as being the subject of critical inquiry

The College of Exploration is supporting the implementation of this course in as many settings as possible and is providing the online campus and communication spaces and technologies.

Systemic Inquiry Login

This login allows you to access the Systemic Inquiry online space. To obtain a user id email peter at

Having a User ID and password will allow you to attend the specific event, and it provides you a User ID for the College of Exploration Online Campus.