Check Canvas for viewing access only, as early as 8/20/14.
Students will be required to log into the course space frequently, interact with classmates in discussion and actively participate in group projects.
Course text is Jared Diamond's "Collapse." All other material and media is presented in the course space.
The material we will be covering is interesting and provocative, and differences of opinion is expected and will be respected and encouraged.
COLLAPSE has been created to give students a global perspective on how societies deal with threats.
"For the first time in history we face the risk of global decline. But we also are the first to enjoy the opportunity of learning from developments in society anywhere in world today and what has unfolded from societies in the past."
with the help of the Diamond book and material from other sources, we evaluate societies from the past and apply lessons learned to how we live today. We will also look at how social media changes the local landscape to a global one - making all problems global.
This course will look at issues from scientific, societal and artistic perspectives. We will use Diamond's study of how other societies faced and either addressed or ignored threats as a framework. Counter opinions also will be considered.
Students will individually research the disposal of electronic waste among their circles, measure the threat and create a hypothesis of how to deal with the problem. That study will include a the creation of a call to address the potential threat.
Students also will collaborate in teams to create two group projects which then will be shared for class discussion.
Each week students can expect to spend 3 to 4 hours on material. A short quiz follows all content.
Weekly discussion requires reading or viewing, posting an idea or opinion and then responding to at least one other classmate's posting. Discussion is expected to be a conversation that delves into each topic.
We welcome all to this conversation and endeavor to develop and use skills that have lifelong value.