Food, Energy and Water: Foundation Systems of Modern Society
The systems that enable modern society to survive.
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.READ MORE
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 societyLESS
|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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