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SySc 399U Sustainability, Systems Concepts, and Indigenous Perspectives

June 19-August 16, 4 credits

New Environmental Sustainability Cluster Course
Morality/Knowledge Values Rationality
Family Studies (beginning Fall 2012)
Healthy People/Healthy Places (beginning Fall 2012)

Instructor: David E. Hall

This course explores the concept of sustainability by drawing upon Systems Science
and Indigenous perspectives while striving to draw parallels between these ways of knowing.
A dialogue oriented format and regular small group exercises promote a cooperative and
student‐driven learning environment. Course work calls upon students to apply their
developing understanding of sustainability to their own lives.
Prerequisites: None. (Environmental Sustainability Sophomore Inquiry Course
Recommended). Class limited to sophomores, juniors, seniors, post bac and grad students.

For more information contact: Prof. David E. Hall (, (503) 725‐4991)


SySc 510 System Sustainability and Organizational Resilience
June 27-August 29, 4 credits

Instructor: Wayne W. Wakeland, SYSC and Matt Jones, PA

Associate Professor, Systems Science. Wayne earned his Ph.D. in Systems Science, and has taught modeling and simulation courses at PSU for many years. He also has twenty years of industrial experience in manufacturing and Information Technology.


Organizations are complex adaptive systems coupled with their environment, supply chains, strategic partners, and competitors. Survival depends on structural resilience and the turbulence of the markets, environment, and political climate. Ideas and principles of emergent leadership and living systems are explored in the context of strategic management. Concepts are relevant to systems & environmental science, business, and public administration.

Required Text:

Wheatley, M. (2006) Leadership and the New Science
Meadows, D. (2008) Thinking in Systems
Axelrod, R. and M. Cohen (2000) Harnessing Complexity: Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier


Contact Wayne Wakeland:, (503) 725-4975