In the systems thinking approach, safety is seen as an emergent property that must be engineered into the system rather than added to a completed design. The following two courses provide an overview of the various theories of accident causation and introduce the system engineering approach to hazard and accident analysis.
APS1101H: System Dynamic Risk Management
The course provides new perspectives on safety and human error and shows how to incorporate humans in complex automated systems using systems thinking.
APS1034H: Making Sense of Accidents
This course introduces the main theoretical approaches of systems thinking, organization structure and crisis management for understanding catastrophic accidents. Highlighting the socio-technical limits to the prevention of severe accidents, it emphasizes the importance of incorporating such insights in engineering design with the aim of reducing the likelihood of disasters.