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Undergraduate | LTU-ARC2SRC | 2024

Sustainability, Resilience, and Collapse: From Past Societies to the End of Civilisation

Course information for 2024 intake

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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
12 weeks

Start dates

  • 04 Mar 2024
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About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Identify how new scientific techniques can challenge deep-seated narratives around key events in past societal-transformations.
    2. Evaluate alternative models and theories of societal collapse - recognising how such understandings are constantly re-framed by new theoretical perspectives, new evidence, and/or new analytical techniques.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between sustainability and resilience, using archaeological and/or historical examples of both.
    4. Apply novel analytical perspectives to archaeological and historical data in order to generate new understandings of societal adaptation to changing environmental conditions.
    5. Recognise and describe the limitations of archaeological and historical data in the study of changing societal interactions during times of crisis and change.

Entry requirements


Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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