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Urbanization and Urban Issues

Urbanization and Urban Issues

Micro order

Order - suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion.

Order can be easily found in physics or mathematics or any other science

where basics are precisely defined, but it becomes much harder task to

identify any order in a science where basics are blurry. History suggests

that there were greater number scientists discovering laws of nature as

oppose to laws of social behavior. It is probably coming from a notion that

people tend to discover more obvious stuff in stead of theoretical. If we

look at the way of living at the beginning of science we can surely say

that it was more rural type of living than urban. It means simple fact that

people did not interact with one another as much as we do in modern life

and therefore science of nature was more obvious and had more practical use

than just some theoretical study of hypothetical society that did not even

exist at that time in the way we mean and study today. Modern economy has

changed the way we live, interact with one another and behave under certain

circumstances. It has even changed the way in which science is being

practiced. In the past only wealthy people could afford to practice

science, they were discovering things without any bios or any expectations

from their discoveries, they were doing it just to satisfy their curiosity.

Now days science became a profession and we see more and more individuals

who are in to science for only financial satisfaction. Big corporations as

well as small business mainly interested in that science, outcome of which

can improve their performance in achieving certain goals. Scientists are

being told that do and what to study. Modern technology together with

economical forces has changed our way of living. Sophisticated tools and

chemicals yield to higher crops from the same soil. We are becoming less

concerned with quality of the food we consume and only think of a price we

pay. Farming is expensive in a sense where we can buy food from overseas

for less. This is one of the main factors that forced farmers to move and

settle in cities. Recent statistical data suggests that 60 % of the entire

population will be living in cities by the year of 2030 oppose to 14% in

1950. These changes force us to find science that will be dealing with

human behavior and/or interactions among the society, science that will

help us understand what makes us choose one place over another. This might

help us solve many questions in our life that have reputations of being

unsolved. Throughout this essay I will be raising questions that I think

have the greatest importance and will try to answer them in the best way


There is one generic rule that will help solve many questions from the very

beginning when start exploring properties of different things. For example

when in physics teacher start talking about velocity, the very first

sentence is definition. I think that definition is essential to any science

and social science should not be any different. If so then what is Micro

order and where doe it exist.

Order is a set of rules that will end confusion. We can observe elements of

order everywhere we look. A street sign helping people find their ways

around, a set of laws defining math, the periodic table of Mendeleyev

helping scientist end chaos in chemistry at least on the lower level.

Everything that serves its purpose is a part of the order. If this is true

than what is it that creates opposite to any order or chaos, is it stuff

that does not match existing rules or is it stuff that does not serve its

purpose or maybe just combination of both?

I would like to look at the organization that I am familiar with, York

University. The main purpose of York University as well as any other

university is to provide knowledge to people who qualify to be students.

The process that filters individuals by certain parameters such as GPA from

other schools or personal achievements is an example of the order that

serves its purpose of filtering within York University.

What would it be if York did not have these rules and would accept

individuals on a first come first served basis just like in McDonalds does.

This still would be an example of an order but designed for different

purpose. What would York look like and what would McDonalds look like if

they switched their rules of admittance. Would it create a chaos at York

and perfect order in McDonalds? It shows that set of rules must be applied

then and only then when it serves its purpose other wise it creates chaos.

We all understand that when we have a set of rules everything is so much


What makes us creating order when disorder is so much easier?

Who would not agree with me if I said that is so much easier to use one

garbage can and throw everything in there in stead of having number of

different containers for disposal separation? What is it that makes us

obeying rules, is it severe punishment for not obeying, is it conciseness

that makes us behave in a certain way that we think serves its best for

needs of community and environment, or is it just because we are expected

to separate garbage and we usually do what we are asked to do? We obviously

do not enforce rules of garbage separation, and not always concerned with

the needs of community or environment on larger scale so it would not be

logical to assume that we would be concerned with garbage separation, or is

it because we do what we are expected to do. I believe that last hypostasis

describes our behavior in the best way. We tend to do what are being told

sometimes even with out understanding why we are being told so. For example

we were all told that we have to read books, by the time we were told so

first time we probably had no idea what it was for, or we were told what

courses we have to take in order to graduate from a certain school.

Who is the part of an order?

As I defined before order is a set of relevant rules what must be obeyed.

But question is; who are these individuals that must obey this set of

rules. By looking at the York University we can segregate people in

different groups guided by degree of their involvement to York’s life. For

example students from other schools would not have to obey rues of York

University unless they are interacting or planning on interacting with

York. They might be students who just visit York’s library to study for

their own classes or these who are current students. Another example would

be that in order to get into faculty of science at York prospective

students have to take Calculus and English OAC level in order to meet

academic requirements. They are not really at York yet and their admittance

is uncertain but they already have started obeying rules. Another group of

people that is at York is obviously professors. They are one the most

important group of people, they teach students. How many times we hear

students saying that this professor is good, he knows what he is doing and

makes classes interesting, or simply he is following the book and therefore

it make so much easier to study for exam, or we hear this professor is

horrible, he is confusing, whatever he says does not make any sense. We

discourage ourselves from attending classes and try studying from the book

or witch to a different section. The third group of people I would define

as support. They help students interact with professors on a certain level.

My opinion is that in order to create a perfect order at York University

administration has to introduce a set of prescience rules that will be

defining all possible interactions between and/or among all groups without

any ambiguity leaving room freedom or for creativity. Look at the first law

of Newton, it shows that there is no room for ambiguity in the nature. “For

any action there is an opposite reaction.” We can say that this is very

obvious statement and it can not really help us understand society and its


I was born in Ukraine and came to Canada at the age of nineteen. I went to

school and University at Ukraine. The system that was adopted for

educational purposes is very different. For example it York University

there is a choice between program you can graduate from, you can go to

Administrative studies and graduate with bachelor in administrative studies

or go to computer science or something else. In order to graduate from BAS

all students have to take certain coerces. For example we have to choose

among 20 offered courses in social science and choose one. It seems to be

logical to have system designed in the way that would allow students to

choose courses they are mainly interested in since it is just a general

education level and does not really affect skills required for being an

accountant. There is no rule that precisely defines the course but the

there is one that deals with it on more generic level. As an example of a

contrast in Ukrainian university I had no freedom in choosing courses. I

was told exactly what to take and how many courses at a time. Which system

is the better one? People will argue that since it is all general education

and has little or no affect on skills essential for chosen major it does

not really matter what to take. Or it might happen what a student decided

to go to a law school and works towards the highest grade score possible

and therefore chooses the easiest course available or courses where level

of proficiency is the highest. Obviously freedom that this system gives

mainly benefits these students who know exactly what their goals are and

/or these who can decide on their own how to achieve these defined goals.

But in the same time this system confuses these who have not decided yet

what their goals are, and attend York just because this is something what

is expected from them by someone else for example parents. Is it chaos or

is it order? Probably what would be more of an order if admittance to York

depended upon whether individuals have decided what to work towards or not.

If York had only these who know exactly what they are doing this system

would work in the best way. As mentioned before Ukrainians have adopted

system that tells you what to do and makes chose for you. It definitely

benefits these who have not decided that they want or these who know that

they want but do not the way who to get there.


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