College of Exploration

Systemic Inquiry Course Details

Using Systems Thinking in Practice in Research

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 2019 Systemic Inquiry Course

The next course is offered at the International Society for Systens Sciences, Corvallis, Oregon, June 25- July 2 2019


To register for the conference go to the Conference Website

To register for the Graduate Credit option of 3 graduate credits you must pay $525 to Ashland University by registering and following this Instruction for Credit from Ashland University

Course Description:

 The College of Exploration ( ) and the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) ( ) are offering a hybrid online and onsite course for graduate students interested in systems thinking and practice.  The course will be conducted as part of the International Society for the Systems Sciences Annual Conference 18-27 July 2018 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Students will gather onlione once they have registered for the course. Students will attend classes in Corvallis Oregon for three days from Friday 13 July - Sunday 15 July, attend and particpate in ISSS 2018 Conference, and then attend a one day wrap up on Saturday 21 July 2018.


Course Readings 1,2 and 3 PDF

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



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.