Sustainability, Resilience, and Collapse: From Past Societies to the End of Civilisation
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- 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.
- • Archaeology.
- • Collapse of civilisation.
- • Societal complexity.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ARC3SRC (Sustainability, Resilience & Collapse: How Complex Societies Transform) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points.
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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 a series of past societies that innovated and adapted successfully to often challenging environments - resulting in sustainable and/or resilient societies that thrived for centuries. And, you will also learn about societies that failed to adapt, or failed to innovate, resulting in the collapse of their society, the abandonment of their settlements, and maybe even the end of their culture?
This subject explores the success or failure of past and future 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.
- Online quizzes (800 word equivalent) Students will complete 10 quizzes on the LMS linked to that week's lecture and tutorial content. (20%)
- Build-Your-Own Analytical Piece (2000 words equivalent). (50%)
- Take home exam (1200 words equivalent). In this assessment students complete an open-book take-home exam consisting of four short-essay questions, chosen from six possible questions. (30%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.