SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCE, AND COLLAPSE: PAST SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

ARC2SRC

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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 have innovated and adapted successfully, resulting in sustainable and/or resilient societies that thrived. You will also learn about societies that failed to adapt and/or failed to innovate, resulting in societal collapse. The success or failure of a society within respective social environmental systems - the systems that govern the interactions between human societies and the changing environments that they occupied, transformed, and attempted to adapt to, you will learn about sustainability, resilience and collapse from an archaeological perspective. The subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorial discussions, online quizzes, exam and essay.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 2 subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsARC3SRC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify how new scientific techniques can challenge deep-seated narratives around key events in past societal-transformations.
02. 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.
03. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between sustainability and resilience, using archaeological examples of both.
04. Apply novel analytical perspectives to archaeological and historical data in order to generate new understandings of societal adaptation to changing environmental conditions.
05. Recognise and describe the limitations of archaeological data in the study of changing societal interactions during times of crisis and change.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.
Tutorial delivered via Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (900 word equivalent) Quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Flipped Exam-2hrs-1800 words.In this assessment students are given exam questions in final tutorial of semester.They then work in groups to plan ideal answers,and to reflect upon gaps in their understanding or knowledge.This is used to guide their revision ahead of a closed book exam.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Written essay - 1800 words Individual written assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.
Tutorial delivered via Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (900 word equivalent) Quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Flipped Exam-2hrs-1800 words.In this assessment students are given exam questions in final tutorial of semester.They then work in groups to plan ideal answers,and to reflect upon gaps in their understanding or knowledge.This is used to guide their revision ahead of a closed book exam.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Written essay - 1800 words Individual written assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
One tutorial class will be delivered by Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (900 word equivalent) Quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Flipped Exam-2hrs-1800 words.In this assessment students are given exam questions in final tutorial of semester.They then work in groups to plan ideal answers,and to reflect upon gaps in their understanding or knowledge.This is used to guide their revision ahead of a closed book exam.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Written essay - 1800 words Individual written assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
Tutorial delivered via Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (900 word equivalent) Quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Flipped Exam-2hrs-1800 words.In this assessment students are given exam questions in final tutorial of semester.They then work in groups to plan ideal answers,and to reflect upon gaps in their understanding or knowledge.This is used to guide their revision ahead of a closed book exam.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Written essay - 1800 words Individual written assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Mildura, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.
Tutorial delivered via Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (900 word equivalent) Quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Flipped Exam-2hrs-1800 words.In this assessment students are given exam questions in final tutorial of semester.They then work in groups to plan ideal answers,and to reflect upon gaps in their understanding or knowledge.This is used to guide their revision ahead of a closed book exam.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Written essay - 1800 words Individual written assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Shepparton, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.
Tutorial delivered via Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (900 word equivalent) Quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Flipped Exam-2hrs-1800 words.In this assessment students are given exam questions in final tutorial of semester.They then work in groups to plan ideal answers,and to reflect upon gaps in their understanding or knowledge.This is used to guide their revision ahead of a closed book exam.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Written essay - 1800 words Individual written assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5