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SySc 350U Indigenous and Systems Perspectives on Sustainability

June 24-July 21, 4 credits

Elective for the following UNST Clusters:
Environmental Sustainability
Knowledge Values and Rationality
Family Studies
Healthy People/Healthy Places

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. Relevant Sophomore Inquiry course recommended. Class limited to sophomores, juniors, seniors, post bac and grad students.

Required Readings:

Nelson, M.K. (Ed.) (2008). Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future. Rochester, Vermont. Bear & Company.
Reading packet available at Clean Copy (1704 SW Broadway)--alternatively students may independently purchase the two books from which these readings are drawn: David Suzuki's Sacred Balance and Gregory Cajete's Native Science.
Selected articles & chapters made available on-line.


Contact: Prof. David E. Hall (, (503) 725‐4991)


SySc 510 Sustainable Systems and Organizational Resilience
June 24-August 18, 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