Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Develops an understanding of a systematic approach to policy making and an awareness of how non-technical dimensions, including ethical, spiritual, social, political and economic issues, can arise, and should be systematically treated in technological and management decisions; particularly in relation to systemic bio-physical evaluation and the nature of norms as design constraints in socio-political contexts.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Impart to individual students mature and disciplined knowledge of the nature of values and norms, the nature of systems and systems design, and the systematic incorporation of relevant values and norms into systems design generally and environmental design in particular.

2. Impart to students critical skills to deal with the issues involved and employ the knowledge and methods involved in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives.

3. Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting environmental issues.

4. Develop a capacity to appreciate the values and norms involved in how people approach ways of living and evaluating life situations.


The course covers the nature of norms and their application, basic principles of dynamic systems and of the choice of systems models, analyses of systems normative dimensions (e.g. robustness criteria) and socio-political systems and their normative character and impacts, including in environmental design.

Assumed knowledge

Qualification for entry to the Diploma or Master of Environmental Studies, or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Group Project - complex system analysis on technological system or policy design

Presentation: Group presentation

Presentation: Individual presentation