SENS201-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Systems Thinking for Sustainability

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Systems thinking is used in diverse fields, from arts to engineering, to understand how components interact in complex ways. Systems thinking can be used to quantify and understand the movement of mass and energy in Earth’s climate system, or to inform decision-making by governments or communities. Earth system scientists use a systems approach to understand the structure, functions and feedbacks among the earth’s anthrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, pedosphere and cryosphere. Economists use systems thinking to maximize the impact of sustainable development decisions. Geographers use systems thinking to identify the effects urban transport systems have on communities. Learning how to identify and model the properties and processes at work within a system helps us make a difference and achieve sustainability goals. In this 200-level course, students will develop understanding of the way systems thinking is used in sustainability studies, including in local, regional and international contexts. Students are introduced to some of the strengths, limitations and major challenges inherent in this approach to helping us address complex interdisciplinary problems.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 441
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 441
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $947.00

International fee $4,053.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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