General Theory of Systems Development - AM501049
Title: General Theory of Systems Development
Guaranteed by: Department of Economics and Management (837)
Faculty: Central University Departments of UCT Prague
Actual: from 2021
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:3
E-Credits: winter s.:3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, MC [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Hudeček Tomáš doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Examination dates   
The course is focused on the description of relationships among different types of systems: physical, chemical, biological and sociological (geographical, economical, etc.). It uses the modern knowledge of General Systems Theory and The New Kind of Science – Complexity, thus the basic research including the stages of evolution and tension between chaos and order on the one hand and also the applied research in the field of planning on the other hand. A variety of aspects of systems, asymmetric statistical distribution, processes of evolution and, finally, our human ability to action are discussed. Special attention is paid to the decision-making processes of people, cities and societal systems, identification of control layers and their functions, principles of positive and negative feedback. Exercises are designed either as discussion seminars or as individual or group work of students on particular topics.
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Aim of the course

Students will understand how basic system processes are creating our physical and social reality. They will get to know general development (evolution) of nature and society as one continuous historical process and will be prepared to influence this development towards long-term sustainability.

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HUDEČEK, T. (2020): City management and administration: The First Book - City, People and Society: A Contribution to General Systems Theory. Prague: IPD. 140 p. ISBN 978-80-88377-16-0

SKYTTNER, Lars, 2005. General Systems Theory – Problems, Perspectives, Practice. Singapure: World Scientific Publishing. ISBN 981-256-467-5.

D:PRIGOGINE, I., STENGERS, I. (1984): Order Out of Chaos. London: Bantam, 384 p. ISBN 0553343637.

WEST, G. (2017): Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies. NY: Penguin Press. 496 p. ISBN 978-1594205583

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1) Basic information about the course, discussion of current topics

2) Introduction, General system theory, terminology and definitions

3) Inanimate and animate matter, human, cities and organization of society

4) Settlement system as a suprasystem of cities

5) Human as an element of society

6) Linear equilibrium development

7) Linear non-equilibirum development and choice

8) Non-linear non-equilibrium development

9) Development of the reality as a result of tug of war of thinning and concentration proces

10) Long-term development of society

11) Long-term development of cities

12) Human decision-making as a form of non-linear development; people´s ability to change the future

13) Near future and sustainability issue

14) Discussion of current topics by General Theory of Systems Development

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Course completion requirements

Classified credit based on 1) attendance and activity and 2) level of individual essays.

Last update: Hudeček Tomáš (07.12.2020)