Undergraduate | LTU-ARC2SRC | 2024
Sustainability, Resilience, and Collapse: From Past Societies to the End of Civilisation
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- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 12 weeks
- 04 Mar 2024
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Identify how new scientific techniques can challenge deep-seated narratives around key events in past societal-transformations.
- 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.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between sustainability and resilience, using archaeological and/or historical examples of both.
- Apply novel analytical perspectives to archaeological and historical data in order to generate new understandings of societal adaptation to changing environmental conditions.
- Recognise and describe the limitations of archaeological and historical data in the study of changing societal interactions during times of crisis and change.
- Climate Change
- Sustainability and Resilience of Human Societies
- Collapse of Civilisation
- Societal Complexity
Issues of sustainability and resilience are prominent today in light of accelerating climate deterioration, rising populations, and declining resources. But these issues are not new, and numerous past societies have faced these crises before. In this subject you will learn about past societies that failed to adapt, or failed to innovate, resulting in their collapse. And, you will also learn about past societies that innovated and adapted successfully to their often challenging environments - resulting in sustainable and/or resilient societies that thrived for centuries despite significant challenges, including past climate change.
This subject explores the success or failure of past societies within their respective social environmental systems - including how those systems were impacted by climate change in the past, and how future climate deterioration might impact our own society, or even bring about its end.
This is a level 2 subject, please consider the subject level and prerequisites before enrolling.
- Online quizzes (800 word equivalent) Students will complete 10 quizzes on the LMS linked to that week's lecture and tutorial content. (20%)
- Essay Review (1000 word equivalent) – In this assessment students will generate a short essay using an AI tool (e.g. ChatGPT, Bard, Bing etc) before critically reviewing and marking the essay for accuracy and understanding. (30%)
- Build-Your-Own Analytical Piece (2000 words equivalent). (50%)
For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).
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