ERIC Number: ED052109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
A Systems Analytic Approach to Economic Geography.
Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.
This university level course in economic geography emphasizes the need for control of the spatial allocation of our resources, and strives for heightened student awareness of the world as a complex. It may thus be considered an introduction to geocybernetics, the study of man/machine relationships in the control of spatial organization. A systems analytic technique within behavioral and cybernetic contexts is emphasized showing how a geographer can tackle a problem, and presenting a general framework or philosophy. It is a convenient organizing technique because of: 1) the treatment of large complexes as wholes, not as mechanistic parts; 2) the encompassing of concepts of interaction and spacial relationships within socioeconomic systems; and, 3) the inclusion of values, goal-seeking, decision-making, and symbolic cognitive processes important to human behavior and landscape patterns. 1) The course begins with the pure, abstract notion of a general system, and considers why the system concept is operational; 2) then links it with other concepts using interaction models; 3) examines the economic elements in the global system including: agriculture, resources, manufacturing, service systems, transportation; and, 4) finally produces the concrete concept of the terrestrial spatial system. Interwoven are concepts of order and regularity, the theories to explain order, and the analytical procedures used to test them. An appendix describes the mathematical models. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Bibliographies, Cybernetics, Economic Research, Economics, Environmental Research, Geography, Higher Education, Human Geography, Input Output Analysis, Interdisciplinary Approach, Man Machine Systems, Mathematical Models, Natural Resources, Problem Solving, Social Systems, Systems Analysis, Units of Study
Commission on College Geography, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281 (Paperback, $1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.