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The International Society for Systems Sciences
is pleased to announce its annual ISSS Graduate Course:
Systems Thinking and Practice in Research
July 20-27, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon
This ISSS Graduate Course includes two days of dedicated workshops introducing various systems
approaches, methods, and research traditions plus five days of participation in the 2018 ISSS
Conference in Oregon. Three graduate level units are available for an additional fee.
In this course, designed by renowned systems practitioners/researchers Drs. Ray Ison and Chris
Blackmore, students will learn skills to work strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in
their own areas of concern. Previous students’ research topics include issues related to
sustainability, development, poverty, hunger, and the environment; multi-sector transformative
change; and creative systemic psychotherapeutic practices to name just a few. The purpose of this
course is to help you, the graduate student, develop your skills in contextualizing your research, to
make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so
improve your ability to work both strategically and purposefully. The course is also designed to help
you build on what other researchers have done. Students will increase their ability to think
systemically and engage in systemic research activities without becoming overwhelmed by
potential complexity and uncertainty.
2
Through participation in this course you can expect to:
 gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of cybernetics and systems thinking
 reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to
your own research
 develop appreciation for multiple perspectives on contemporary issues
 work across multiple disciplines, build networks, and establish new relationships supportive of your
research and scholarship
 strengthen your research by engaging cybersystemic theories and methodologies
 critically review potential contributions of your research
*Pictures from past ISSS graduate programs
Students accepted into the program are expected to read provided literature and complete a brief writing
assignment before arriving in Oregon. The majority of coursework will be completed in Oregon, drawing on
experiential learning techniques and the expertise of academics who have been designing learning
experiences for graduate students for many years. The course will be grounded in a project of your choice,
preferably based on your graduate work. You will be guided through exploring your own research context. You
will be supported throughout the program by facilitators and other specialists who will provide lesson,
resources, and mentorship.
Additionally, you will be aided in planning your attendance at the most relevant sessions for you at the ISSS
conference. Throughout the week, you and the other students will work in groups to complete the assignment
that has been agreed upon, linking it to cybersystemic thinking and practice.
Students will give a short group presentation for the ISSS conference attendees during the last day of the
conference. The course will be completed after submitting a post-conference reflection paper.
3
Application Process
To register for Systems Thinking and Practice in Research, go to
http://isss.org/world/ISSS2018_Corvallis_Registration and click on “Register.” From the pull-down menu, select
“ISSS Graduate Student.”
After completing registration, please email a photo and brief biography of yourself, as well as a short statement
as to why you wish to take this class, including its benefit to your research or studies. Email this information to
enquiry@isss.org.
Fees
The student fee to participate in the ISSS graduate course and ISSS conference is $445 before May 15 and
$545 after.
Travel, accommodation and living expenses are not included. To receive 3 graduate units, there is an
additional fee of $525.
Course Team
Coordinators
Dr. Ray Ison, The Open University Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Group, UK and
Monash University, Australia (former President of the ISSS)
Dr Chris Blackmore, The Open University Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Group, UK.
Instructors
Peter Tuddenham, President of College of Exploration, President-Elect ISSS
Dr. Jocelyn Chapman, California Institute of Integral Studies
Dr. Karen McClendon, Vice President for Institutional Research, California Northstate University

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Systems Thinking Graduate Course Announced

  • 1. 1 The International Society for Systems Sciences is pleased to announce its annual ISSS Graduate Course: Systems Thinking and Practice in Research July 20-27, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon This ISSS Graduate Course includes two days of dedicated workshops introducing various systems approaches, methods, and research traditions plus five days of participation in the 2018 ISSS Conference in Oregon. Three graduate level units are available for an additional fee. In this course, designed by renowned systems practitioners/researchers Drs. Ray Ison and Chris Blackmore, students will learn skills to work strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in their own areas of concern. Previous students’ research topics include issues related to sustainability, development, poverty, hunger, and the environment; multi-sector transformative change; and creative systemic psychotherapeutic practices to name just a few. The purpose of this course is to help you, the graduate student, develop your skills in contextualizing your research, to make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so improve your ability to work both strategically and purposefully. The course is also designed to help you build on what other researchers have done. Students will increase their ability to think systemically and engage in systemic research activities without becoming overwhelmed by potential complexity and uncertainty.
  • 2. 2 Through participation in this course you can expect to:  gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of cybernetics and systems thinking  reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to your own research  develop appreciation for multiple perspectives on contemporary issues  work across multiple disciplines, build networks, and establish new relationships supportive of your research and scholarship  strengthen your research by engaging cybersystemic theories and methodologies  critically review potential contributions of your research *Pictures from past ISSS graduate programs Students accepted into the program are expected to read provided literature and complete a brief writing assignment before arriving in Oregon. The majority of coursework will be completed in Oregon, drawing on experiential learning techniques and the expertise of academics who have been designing learning experiences for graduate students for many years. The course will be grounded in a project of your choice, preferably based on your graduate work. You will be guided through exploring your own research context. You will be supported throughout the program by facilitators and other specialists who will provide lesson, resources, and mentorship. Additionally, you will be aided in planning your attendance at the most relevant sessions for you at the ISSS conference. Throughout the week, you and the other students will work in groups to complete the assignment that has been agreed upon, linking it to cybersystemic thinking and practice. Students will give a short group presentation for the ISSS conference attendees during the last day of the conference. The course will be completed after submitting a post-conference reflection paper.
  • 3. 3 Application Process To register for Systems Thinking and Practice in Research, go to http://isss.org/world/ISSS2018_Corvallis_Registration and click on “Register.” From the pull-down menu, select “ISSS Graduate Student.” After completing registration, please email a photo and brief biography of yourself, as well as a short statement as to why you wish to take this class, including its benefit to your research or studies. Email this information to enquiry@isss.org. Fees The student fee to participate in the ISSS graduate course and ISSS conference is $445 before May 15 and $545 after. Travel, accommodation and living expenses are not included. To receive 3 graduate units, there is an additional fee of $525. Course Team Coordinators Dr. Ray Ison, The Open University Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Group, UK and Monash University, Australia (former President of the ISSS) Dr Chris Blackmore, The Open University Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Group, UK. Instructors Peter Tuddenham, President of College of Exploration, President-Elect ISSS Dr. Jocelyn Chapman, California Institute of Integral Studies Dr. Karen McClendon, Vice President for Institutional Research, California Northstate University