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Check for weekly updates as the schedule will be adjusted according to progress.


Note that in the schedule below book readings are annotated as in the following examples: E(1-2)~Emanuel 2018 chapters 1 and 2, K~Krauss 2021, M~Meadows 2008,  and D~Diamond 2011. Book chapters and other assigned readings should be completed by the date on which they appear in the schedule below. Class periods will be focused on the assigned reading for that day.


Week Month Date Notes Readings Videos Modeling
1 Feb 2 Complex Systems: Difficulty of Prediction;
Questions
TedX Talk: Trial and error (18 mins);
Ted talk questions;
5 Misconceptions about Climate Change (28 mins)
Introduction to Stella
2 Feb 9 E(1-4); Questions An Inconvenient Truth (Part 1: 33 mins) Stella Exercise 1: Population Growth
3 Feb 16 E(5-8)
Discussion questions
Inconvenient Truth (Part 1: 50 mins)
5 Misconceptions about Climate Change (4:30 of 28 mins)
Stella Exercise 2: Logistic Growth
4 Feb 23 M(Introduction, 1-2)
Discussion questions
Inconvenient Truth (Part 2: 49 mins) Stella Exercise 3: Simple Collapse Model
5 Mar 2 Town Meeting Day (No Class)
6 Mar 9 K(1-4)
Discussion questions
The Great Global Warming Swindle (Part 1: 37 mins) Stella Exercise 4: Modified Collapse Model; Project Proposal due on 19 March
7 Mar 16 K(5-6), M(3)
Discussion questions
The Great Global Warming Swindle (Part 2: 37 mins) Stella Exercise 5: Simple COVID-19 Pandemic +model
8 Mar 23 K(7-8), M(4)
Discussion questions
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (Part 1: 42 mins) Stella Exercise 6: Climate Model 1
Data file for model
9 Mar 30 K(9-10), M(5)
Discussion questions
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (Part 2: 42 mins) Stella project time
10 Apr 6 K(11-12), M(6)
Discussion questions
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (Part 3; 25 mins) Stella project time
11 Apr 13 D(Prologue), M(7)
Discussion questions
Planet of the Humans (100 mins) (Part 1: 29 mins) Stella project time
12 Apr 20 D(2) Easter Island
Discussion questions
Planet of the Humans (100 mins) (Part 2: 41 mins) Stella project time
Project check-in 1 (homework)
13 Apr 27 D(10) Rwanda
Discussion questions
Planet of the Humans (100 mins) (Part 3: 25 mins) Stella project time
Project check-in 2 (homework)
14 May 4 D(14) Why societies fail
Discussion questions
Frontline documentary on Rwandan genocide Stella project time
15 May 11 Research presentations    
16 May 17 Final Project due end of day 17 May 2021 Send to me via email: Paper + final stella model