The Social System Design Lab offers many opportunities for all WUSTL students to learn about System Dynamics and Systems Thinking. The following courses are offered by the lab at the moment. Individuals who are not a part of the WUSTL student body can contact the lab in order to learn more about taking potential courses.

Community Based System Dynamics (S65-5050)

This course introduces students to Group Model Building (GMB) as a method for facilitating organizational and team learning. The course will focus on the use of GMB as a practice method for working with organizations and communities using a set of structured small group exercises or “scripts”. For examples of student projects, follow this link and select “Student” from the “Project Type” drop-down menu.

A Systems Dynamics Approach: Designing Sustainable Social Policies & Programs (S65-5660)

This course focuses on teaching students how to design sustainable policies and programs by using principles and practices of modeling dynamic systems in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, business, and social work.

Skills Lab I (S81-5501)

This course will help students learn how to engage organizations and communities using system dynamics with specific attention to stakeholder analysis, problem structuring, identifying and assessing data sources, conducting key informant interviews, and selecting the appropriate strategy for group model building, and wish to strengthen their skills using system dynamics for community development & practice.

Skills Lab II (S81-5502)

This course will help students learn how to formulate equations and build confidence in system dynamics simulation models for policy analysis, program design, and strategic planning.

Skills Lab III (S81-5503)

This course will help students learn and apply techniques for model analysis and policy design.The course is designed for those who have completed System Dynamics Skill Lab II, and wish to strengthen their skills in using system dynamics to identify and implement high leverage solutions.