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Assigned readings and media should be completed by the end of the week in which they appear in the schedule below.


Schedule Activity
Week Date Topic Reading Media Exercise Discussion
1 Jan 16 Introduction to Course
Climate Change
Emanuel Chapters 1-8 (65p) Complex Systems: Difficulty of Prediction Introduction to Stella
Stella Example: Water into tub
Discussion Questions for Week 1
2 Jan 23 Framework for societal collapse
Intro to modeling
F(1) 14p
Diamond (Prologue) (25p)
Inconvenient Truth (97 mins) Stella Exercise: Population Growth
Solution
Discussion Questions for Week 2
3 Jan 30 Case study: Easter Island Intro to System Dynamics modeling
Diamond Chapter 2 (Easter Island) (42p)

F(2, 3) 14p, 8p
Podcast: Putting people into climate models: A new frontier (41 mins) Stella Exercise: Logistic Growth
Solution: Q1
Solution: Q2
Discussion Questions for Week 3
4 Feb 6 Case study: The Anasazi
SD Basics
Diamond Chapter 4 (Anasazi) (21p)
F(4,6) 8p,12p
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (83 mins) Discussion Questions for Week 4
5 Feb 13 Case study: Maya
SD Basics
Diamond Chapter 5 (Maya) (25p)
F(7, 9) 10p,18p
Stella Exercise: Predator Prey model Discussion Questions for Week 5
6 Feb 20 Case study: Vikings part 1
SD Intermediate modeling
Diamond Chapter 6 (Viking Prelude) (33p)
F(20,21)
7p, 12p, 22p
Seaspiriacy (89 mins) Discussion Questions for Week 6
7 Feb 27 Case study: Vikings part 2
Homeostasis
Diamond Chapter 7 (Greenland's Flowering) (37p)
F(10,11,23)
Reading: Limits to growth Stella Exercise: Simple Collapse Model Discussion Questions for Week 7
8 Mar 5 Case study: Vikings part 3
Introduction to Systems Thinking
Diamond Chapter 8 (Greenland's End) (29p)
Meadows Introduction (10p), Chapter 1 (24p)
TOWN MEETING DAY: NO ONLINE MEETING THIS WEEK Stella Exercise: Modifying the collapse model Discussion Questions for Week 8
Mar 12 Spring Break
9 Mar 19 Governance
Systems examples
Diamond Chapter 9 (Opposite Paths) (32p)
Meadows Chapter 2 (40p)
Alt explanation: Smithsonian
Alt explanation: Science
Stella Exercise: Climate Model
Data file for model
Discussion Questions for Week 9
10 Mar 26 Case study: Rwanda
Why systems work
Diamond Chapter 10 (Rwanda) (18p)
Meadows Chapter 3 (12p)
Optional: Documentary on Rwandan genocide (Warning: disturbing) Stella Exercise: Easter Island Easter Island Model
Easter Island Stella
Discussion Questions for Week 10
11 Apr 2 Case study: Hispanola
Systems and surprises
Diamond Chapter 11 (One Island, Two Peoples) (29p)
Meadows Chapter 4 (24p)
Introduction to Stella project
8. Human & Nature Dynamics (HANDY) Model
HANDY Stella
Discussion Questions for Week 11
12 Apr 9 Human behavior
System traps
Diamond Chapter 14 (Decisions) (22p)
Meadows Chapter 5 (33p) )
Don't look up (138 mins) Stella project time Discussion Questions for Week 12
13 Apr 16 Environmental challenges
Leverage Points
Diamond Chapter 16 (The World) (40p)
Meadows Chapter 6 (21p)
Stella project time Discussion Questions for Week 13
14 Apr 23 A World of Systems Meadows Chapter 7 (21p) Planet of the Humans (100 mins) Stella project time Discussion Questions for Week 14
15 Apr 30 Outlook
Models of collapse
Reading: What drives societal collapse?
Reading: Archaeology of Overshoot and Collapse
Stella project time Discussion Questions for Week 15