INTG285: Integration of Knowledge, COLLAPSE: Why some societies succeed and others fail
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring 2013 / (15 weeks): Jan 23, 2013 to May 21, 2013
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Mae Sakharov   Email: Mae.Sakharov@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8060
Campus Location: Founders 210
Instructor's Website: http://www.maesakharov.com
Douglas Rosentrater   Email: Douglas.Rosentrater@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8084
Richard Hartwell   Email: Richard.Hartwell@bucks.edu
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

eLearning:
Web-based course

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 Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain 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:
  • Mandatory orientation at the Newtown campus
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

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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 bucks.instructure.com

  • 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, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. 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 discussion 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 is required at the Newtown Campus for the orientation.

"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.