- Two days of participation in a Systemic Inquiry in Hannover (Herrenhausen) on “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities?
- Two days of dedicated ‘workshops’ introducing different systems approaches, methods and research traditions at Humboldt University in Berlin
- Five days of participation in the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin, including a group generated presentation on the final day
- 5 ECTS - points
- gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of Cyber-systemic Thinking Approaches,
- make links to the history of ISSS and other organized bodies concerned with cybersystemic research and scholarship,
- strengthen your research through developing understanding of cybersystemic theories and methodologies
- have an opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to your own PhD research
- get added value from your participation in the Herrenhausen Systemic Inquiry and the Berlin ISSS Conference by also becoming part of a parallel critical learning systems community that has a PhD research focus
- critically review potential contributions of your research to help meet global challenges
- develop appreciation of multiple perspectives on contemporary issues
- work across multiple disciplines, build networks and establish new relationships supportive of your research and scholarship
- Before the course, you will be asked to complete an assignment in which you describe and reflect on either (i) your understanding and use of systems/cybernetic theories in your project; or (ii) the rationale you have followed, or would follow, in making a choice to include, or not, systems/cybernetic theories in your PhD research; this will require an on-line submission prior to your arrival.
- The course will start with participation in a purposefully designed ‘systemic inquiry’ exploring the question: Governing the Anthropocene: cybersystemic possibilities” taking place on 30 - 31 July at Herrenhausen Hannover hosted by the VW Foundation. You will be engaged in active table-based inquiry with 150 invited participants keynote presenters and panels who will provide ‘evidence’ for your inquiry. As part of your participation you will be expected to help with report preparation from your inquiry group.
- The second part of the course is a weekend workshop held on the campus of Humboldt University Berlin followed by the ISSS conference held at the Scandic Hotel, Berlin. This phase will start by exploring your own research context and needs and beginning a process of self-designing a ‘critical learning system’. You will be supported in the process by facilitators and other specialists who will provide inputs and resources and prepare you for the final phase of the course including mentorship that helps you plan your attendance at the most relevant sessions for you at the ISSS conference. It will also provide an opportunity for joint reflection and feedback as the conference progresses. The endpoint of this phase will be a presentation developed by the whole PhD group for the ISSS conference attendees during the final session.
- After the conference (afternoon of 7 August), you and the other students will gather for half a day to recapitulate and work in groups, and complete the assignment that has been agreed, on possible improvements of your own PhD study design, or future research trajectory, linking it to cybersystemic thinking and practice.
- introduce systems and cybernetic (hence cybersystemic) theories;
- consider different cybersystemic approaches and methodologies suitable for researching issues of contemporary concern grounded in the participant’s own research interests:
- bridge the different cybersystemic approaches – soft, hard, critical, viable, first-order, second-order etc.
- explore how to deal with handling of complexity and the role that modeling can play
- critically review focuses on action, learning and reflexivity
- explicate social learning and learning systems approaches
- explore the relationship between cybersystemic approaches and transdisciplinary research
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- complete the assignments as outlined above
- participate in the lectures and group discussion.
- participate in one of the relevant working groups of the ISSS conference .
- after the conference, discuss improvements to your own PhD study, or future research trajectory design linking it to cybersystemic thinking and practice.
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