The Agrarian Revolution . Modernization~ (noun) the transformation from a traditional farming society to a city and industrial society. The modernization of a society is something that can happen very quickly.
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Domestication (noun) - A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment to be of use to humans
Intensification (noun) an action that makes something stronger or more extreme.
Agrarian~ (noun) farming life, concerned with taking care of the land, growing crops and raising animals
Complex Societies~ (noun) a developed society that has advanced cities, a government, religion, writing system, job specialization, social classes, and arts.
Modernization and it’s affect on our world.
Modernization refers to a model of an evolutionary transition from a ‘pre-modern’ or ‘traditional’ to a ‘modern’ society.
How has modernization changed the environment, society, and the way we think?
As the world has evolved through modernization:
To answer these BIG questions we are going to evaluate 7 themes during 3 modernization revolutions:
The Agricultural Revolution!
The Industrial Revolution!
The Digital Revolution!
This theme comes first because the number of men and women in the world, the distribution of populations around the globe, and the migration patterns of people from one region to another have always had a large effect on all other types of change. The study of population size, density, and distribution is called demography.
This Key Theme is concerned with the role of networks of economic exchange in history. It has to do with the ways in which people have exchanged ideas and goods, sometimes over great distances, and how networks have provided the basic framework on which the present-day world economy has been built.
Why don't we live in a world where all human beings are equally powerful, individuals cannot control the actions of one another, and no nation can dominate any other? We all know that the President of the United States is much more powerful than individual citizens, heads of corporations are more powerful than employees, and the members of public school boards are more powerful than teachers. Differences in power are present at many different levels of human society: between individuals, between states, between social classes. Indeed, power is all around us.
In the paleolithic era, which accounts for most of human history, few differences of wealth, power, or social status separated individuals from one another. Hunter-gatherer communities lived mobile lives, moving from camp to camp and carrying all their possessions with them. Individuals or families might possess lightweight objects, such as ornaments or weapons, but they did not accumulate large amounts of material goods because they simply could not lug them around. Today, the allocation of the world's wealth is more uneven than ever before. Some individuals and groups have become extremely wealthy, while others have become poorer. Today, these disparities are global.
Who am I? What group do I belong to? Who are my friends? Who are my enemies? What is my identity?
The sense of identity is not unique to humans. All animals protect themselves. To do so, they have to be able to distinguish between members of their own species and “outsiders.” They know, in some sense, to what group they belong and who their enemies are. So our need for identity probably has deep roots in our biology. In the animal world, identity can be a matter of life and death. An antelope that cannot distinguish between hungry lions and other antelopes will not last long. Much the same is true in the human world. Among your own family and friends, you will generally find protection. Among aliens, you will often find indifference, sometimes even hostility. So, knowing your identity is like knowing where your home base is. All humans need to know to which groups they belong.
The study of science, technology and the environment has to do with the changing ways in which humans have used the knowledge they share through collective learning to exploit their physical and natural surroundings. As humans have discovered more and more ways of extracting energy and using animals, plants, and minerals for their own purposes, they have begun to change the biosphere at an increasing pace. Though our technological and scientific creativity has allowed our species to multiply, it has also transformed the living conditions for all species on earth. We do not yet know where these accelerating changes will lead. They include, for example, an explosion of genetic knowledge that promises better treatments for numerous diseases. But they also include global warming, which, if it continues, might have devastating effects on humankind’s well-being.
Are morality and spirituality unique to human beings? How has human spirituality changed in the course of history? How have changing ideas of morality and spirituality shaped history? The word spirituality refers to human awareness of a transcendental state of being, one that is beyond the material world of everyday life. It may mean belief in a supreme creator, in an afterlife, or in the existence of mysterious spirits and magical forces. Our sense of spirituality shapes how we think of the world and our place in it. It also shapes our sense of morality, that is, the way in which we recognize differences between right and wrong. Spirituality has been a powerful force in human history.
Now that you know the questions and the themes, what are we going to do with this information?!
The Price of Modernization: A Study of Then, Now, and Future
Part One: You will pick one of the Big Three Questions (impact on the environment, people, or ideas) and evaluate how the relationship discussed in that Big Question evolved over time and why it evolved as such.
Part Two: You then must generate what they think the answer to their Big Question will be in the future era based on how they have seen the relationship evolve in the past.
Project Format: You may pick from a number of formats for this project but if they pick an option from row A for one part then they must pick from row B for the other.