Evolution and Management of Complex Systems - M501021
Title: Vývoj a řízení komplexních systémů
Guaranteed by: Department of Economics and Management (837)
Faculty: Central University Departments of UCT Prague
Actual: from 2020
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:6
E-Credits: winter s.:6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: 30 / 30 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
For type: Master's (post-Bachelor)
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Hudeček Tomáš doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : M501012
Examination dates   
Annotation -
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The course is focused on the description of relationships among evolution of different types of systems: physical, chemical, biological and sociological (geographical, economical, etc.). It uses 1) the modern knowledge of General Systems Theory and The New Kind of Science – Complexity, 2) basic research including the stages of evolution and tension between chaos and order and 3) the applied research in the field of planning of complex systems and societal systems (people, organizations, companies, cities). 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.
Aim of the course -
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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.

Literature -
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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.


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

Requirements to the exam - Czech
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ústní zkouška, zápočet bude udělován na základě docházky, aktivity studenta na hodinách a dle úrovně samostatných prací

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

2) Introduction, basic terms and definitions

3) Cities as socio-economic-geographical systems and organisms

4) Settlement system and basic principles of its development

5) Human as an element of society and inhabitant of a city

6) Linear and equilibrium development of systems, basic concepts of General Systems Theory

7) Linear non-equilibirum development and choice

8) Non-linear non-equilibrium development

9) Development of reality and the world, the problem of sustainability

10) Long-term development of society and future of cities

11) Decision making - basic principles

12) Decision making of complex social systems

13) Planning as a form of decision making

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

Course completion requirements -
Last update: Hudeček Tomáš doc. RNDr. Ph.D. (26.01.2022)

Oral exam, in case of necessity written exam. Credit based on 1) attendance and activity and 2) level of individual essays.