Food Energy Water: Foundation systems of Modern Society

The systems that enable modern society to survive
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Food Energy Water: Foundation Systems of Modern Society

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 several hours 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 are the requirements?

  • No prior equipment or material needed

What am I going to 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 is the target audience?

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

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Section 1: Food Energy Water: The Foundation Systems of Modern SocietyStart Here

Course introduction to foundation systems

Section 2: Food: The First System
Food the first system

How the ice age contributed to the start of farming


The impact of hunter gatherers on farming


How the development of early settlements aided the development of farming


How the push toward extinction was caused by glacial oscillation and mans decision to avoid it


The choice of humans to avoid extinction


Defining this effect and how it propels humans forward


How and why populations in theses countries differ from Europe in size


Modern farming is established and how


additional research material

Section 3: Energy a vital system

Introduction to the system of energy


Development of the system of energy production


How urban complexes are changing human society


How complexity impacts the foundation systems


Additional reading research

Section 4: Water the critical system

The introduction to the foundation system water


How agriculture impacts this system


Complexity and population density impact on Foundation Systems


Research and readings

Section 5: Course Summary

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Instructor Biography

Arthur Jackson, CEO Arthur Jackson CTC, Professor, Engineer, Attorney

Arthur Jackson is the CEO of Arthur Jackson CTC Inc. and has worked extensively in the medical field as a medical technician with doctors in neurology,and as a trainer in Health and safety. He is a retired attorney, from a successful law practice in Pennsylvania, college professor, who has served as chair of several colleges, and as a campus dean. His company educates students in over nine (9) countries globally.

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