Students are introduced to systems theory as a method to understand and design complex social systems. Applying systems thinking and design methods, students explore system structures, organizing principles, functions and dynamic behaviour of systems. The perspective of human beings as observers, designers and generators of social systems emphasizes the outcomes of innovation, systems design and systemic change. Social systems design and mapping methods help identify drivers for change and design interventions. Students participate in learning conversations and group workshops to apply the principles and theories of social systems through case studies, readings, reflection papers and workshop participation. Students with credit in SFIN-6B04 may not take this course for credit.