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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Participatory Systems
Module Manager
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Dr. M. Comes    T.Comes@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. F.M. Brazier    F.M.Brazier@tudelft.nl
Dr. M. Comes    T.Comes@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
Global connectivity and increasingly mobile ways of living have enabled people to tap into the knowledge of their peers and large networks of experts or volunteers. Because of its potential for information collection, sharing and, increasingly, creation, decision-makers often attribute extraordinary abilities to modern ICT networks, including bringing democracy where there is none, learning and education, economic growth, citizen engagement, job creation and better decision making in crises.

The objective of this course is therefore to design participatory systems, systems that enable and support participation in today’s changing organisations and society. Participatory systems are ICT enabled (large scale) socio-technical systems in today's networked society, designed with a mission. Participatory systems provide a technical and social infrastructure to support participation, enabling citizens to take responsibility and providing them with the ability to act. Green Wheels, Vrienden op de Fiets, Geocaching, are examples of participatory systems.

Of specific interest are large scale participatory systems for which global management is based on local coordination such as smart energy communities, supply and demand networks, crisis management systems: systems for which self-management and emergence is characteristic.
Study Goals
The course focuses on the leading design principles for participatory systems. After completing the course, the students will be able to:

- design for trust: transparency, security, integrity, privacy, resilience

- design for engagement: interaction, presence, communication, awareness, co-creation, commitment, involvement (continuous)

- design for empowerment: autonomy, self-organization, emergence, enactment
Education Method
Starting from the principles for participatory systems design, the course will combine theoretical and methodological elements with hands-on work on selected design challenges and case studies.
Project report (80%) and presentation (20%)
MSc level