Food, Energy and Water: Foundation Systems of Modern Society

The systems that enable modern society to survive.



    Course Description:

    Modern society rests upon three distinct foundation systems, or pillars that came into existence over many thousands of years; food, energy, and water. The stability of each of these pillars is critical to the survival of human societies. Throughout this course we will look at each of these foundation systems from their origins to their status in today’s world. This historical overview will provide insight into how societies evolved because of these pillars, but more importantly how they remain stable, a critical requirement for long-term survival. The way these systems have evolved is often viewed differently depending upon your perspective. The biological sciences look to genetic material, and physical development, as just some of the criteria in evaluating such systems. Economist, on the other hand, are more concerned with a systems approach, as they evaluate how systems interact for survival and longevity. As an engineer, I will try to walk a middle ground between these disciplines, and view them as a systems engineer.

    Many of the systems, which have evolved around humanity and continue to evolve as human society becomes more complex, and the demands upon the systems increase. Resultant increase in demand has placed creasing amounts of stress on each of these foundation pillars that may have long ranging impact for human society.

    This course is over an hour in length, and provides a wealth of reference material for further study at the end of each section

    The course is in three main sections. The first section covers the development of FOOD production as a system. The second section focuses on Energy as a system, and the final section is about Water management.



    What Will You Get From This Course:

    • Understand why Food is a foundation system and how ice age glaciation, hunting and gathering, early settlements all led away from extinction and to farming.
    • Understand how the Malthus Effect drives advancement in human society.
    • Explore why China and India have such large populations as compared to the rest of the nations.
    • Understand why energy mobility was a key concept in the spread of technology.
    • Understand how the growing complexity of human society creates stress on theses foundation systems


    Who Should Take This Course:

    This course is ideal for beginners to college undergraduates, who are interested in the history of human society


    Course Curriculum

    Section 1: Food Energy Water: The Foundation Systems of Modern Society Start Here
    Lecture 1: Introduction FREE 00:05:19
    Section 2: Food: The First System
    Lecture 2: Food, the first system FREE 00:03:04
    Lecture 3: The Ice Age Component of Food Production 00:07:12
    Lecture 4: Hunter Gatherer 00:07:24
    Lecture 5: Early Human Settlements 00:07:04
    Lecture 6: What is Extinction 00:04:04
    Lecture 7: The unreasonable man 00:05:43
    Lecture 8: The Malthus Effect 00:07:34
    Lecture 9: China and India Population Issue 00:05:04
    Lecture 10: Evolution of a system 00:02:13
    Lecture 11: Research and Reading Material 00:04:07
    Section 3: Energy, a vital system
    Lecture 12: Introduction to the system of energy 00:06:37
    Lecture 13: Energy and Industrial Revolution 00:03:28
    Lecture 14: Rise of the Urban Complex 00:02:34
    Lecture 15: Urban Complexes and Complexity 00:03:09
    Lecture 16: Research and Readings 00:03:19
    Section 4: Water, the critical system
    Lecture 17: Water, the system 00:04:31
    Lecture 18: Modern agriculture and water 00:03:46
    Lecture 19: Complexity and Foundation Systems 00:04:39
    Lecture 20: Research and Readings 00:01:19
    Section 5: Course Summary
    Lecture 21: Summary 00:01:45

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    Arthur Jackson is the founder, owner, and CEO of Arthur Jackson CTC INC. providing Diversity Training, Social Structure Training, Educational Consulting, and Health and Safety classes, in CPR, AED, and First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid training.  CTC is a United State  Veterans Administration approved small business, which provides on site training and online training classes nationally and internationally through several existing online platforms currently reaching over 20,000 students in 157 countries. Arthur Jackson has served as an instructor in Health and Safety for the American Red Cross, American Safety and Health Institute, and Medic First Aid, and as a medical technician to a team of neurologist in Texas. He served as a College Chair, and Academic Dean, managing course content, student and faculty development, and has served as Vice-Chair of the Washington State Chapter of the International Association of Hospital Safety and Security Board. Arthur Jackson is a graduate of the University of Houston, with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Minor in Math, and has worked for a number of years in project management for companies such as Exxon, and several consulting firms, as well as operating his own engineering company in the state of Alaska, where he managed the installation of the first electronic card key access system in an international airport. He is a graduate of Antioch University with a Juris Doctorate in law in 1987, who has conducted litigation for companies across the United States.
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