INTG285: Integration of Knowledge, COLLAPSE: Why some societies succeed and others fail
Section: H83     (Hybrid)

About This Course

Semester and YearFall 2012 / (15 weeks): Aug 29, 2012 to Dec 20, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Mae Sakharov   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8270
Campus Location: Founders 210
Instructor's Website:
Douglas Rosentrater   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8084
Richard Hartwell   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8410

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Classroom and Web-based instruction

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

REQUIRED Campus Meetings

There are MANDATORY campus meetings or tests other than orientation. You should NOT register for this course if you are unavailable to attend these meetings.

This hybrid section meets Occasionally

Number of required on-campus meetings: 4
Dates/Locations of required meetings: All meetings will take place Wednesday in Founders 239 on the following dates:

  • 8/29/2012 6:30-9 pm
  • 10/3/2012 6:30-9 pm
  • 11/7/2012 6:30-9 pm
  • 12/5/2012 6:30-9 pm
  • Getting Started With This Course


    This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

    Accessing Your Course

    Canvas (by Instructure)

    Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

    You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

    Logging In

    Log in to your Canvas course space at

    • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
    • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

    If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

    Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

    Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

    While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

    Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

    Click this link to see the book list for your course.

    Other Information about the Course

    Students will be required to log into the course space frequently, interact with students in discussions and group projects. Writing and sharing of ideas is an important component of the class. The material we will be covering is interesting and provocative, differences of opinion will be encouraged. COLLAPSE has been created to give students a global perspective and the societies put under the microscope will span the continents. The attendance at 4 hybrid sessions including the orientation are required on the Newtown campus.

    "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" Jared Diamond

    For the first time in history we can go back and evaluate societies from the past and today. This is critical point in time in the history of this country according to many when we have the opportunity to choose to fail or succeed. This course will look at the artistic, scientific, and societal aspects of different global societies and why some have gone to oblivion and others thrive.