University of Technology Sydney

89172 Designing Systems

Requisite(s): 89021c Futuring and Backcasting
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Transition Design aims at enabling systems level change. A core aspect of Transition Design is therefore understanding the nature of systems; how they hold themselves in place and resist change; but also, how they can transition into completely new systems. Students learn the relational principles of systems thinking by exploring the difference between natural and artificial systems. The subject focuses on how products of design and the everyday social practices they support form ‘regimes’ of relatively slow changing societies. Students learn advanced techniques of problem reframing and soft systems thinking, applying these to real world problems to represent the challenging new landscapes of design.

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