2nd Assignment

SOLO WORLD BUILDING ASSIGNMENT II
(SOCIETAL & HUMAN RELATED FEATURES)

WORDS: 2000 (approximate)
MARKS: 40
% OF FINAL: 15%
READING: IPCC AR5 WG 2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerabilities) Summary for Policymakers (2014)
(https://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/WG2AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf)
OTHER POTENTIAL RESOURCES pdf of various social science reports
DUE: hand in physical copy before March 3rd class starts.

Note that this second assignment will primarily focus on the future projection of the societal and human related characteristics of a specific locale of your (group’s) choosing (societal features such as governance, demographics, stressors, impacts and vulnerabilities, as well as commentary on possible outcomes due to progression of genetic technologies – human enhancements, etc). In general, please prepare a document that provides the following headings and information.

Note some ground rules:
– No narratives that involve visits from space aliens (i.e. inclusion of unexplained technology, etc).
– No celestial events (i.e. meteorite crashing to Earth, etc)
– Please be aware that we will not be nit-picking over your specific projections when we mark this assignment. However, we do want to make sure that your descriptions have come from an obvious effort where you did try to find out what you can about future prospects of a particular place. Future claims that are extreme are not out of the question – indeed, they may even be more interesting, because your rationalization for that projected reality has to be all the more strong!

In reference to World Building Assignment I
Please make sure that you reference your group’s first world building assignment (due February 11th electronically). This is so that we can view your second assignment predictions with context already provided around: locale, emissions scenario, RCP, CO2 ppm, global temperature change, etc (essentially, headings as defined by your previous assignment). Note that all commentary you provide below relate to your group’s specific locale in 2116, but could also be discussed in context with an imagined global outlook.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND:
Food and water security issues (~150 words, 3 marks total):
Please describe in both the local and global context for 2116, as well as provide a brief rationale for how it got this way. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

Energy sources (clean or otherwise) (~150 words, 3 marks total):
Please describe the energy context for 2116 (what are the major sources and comments regarding access and supply versus demand), as well as provide a brief rationale for how it got this way. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

Consumption patterns, eco-footprint commentary, trade (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe the general consumption habits of your world’s inhabitants for 2116 (both local and global), as well as any additional information that provides context. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

ON GENETIC TECHNOLOGY:
Description of human enhancements (~150 words, 3 marks total):
Please describe any key human enhancements (due to advances in genetics) as they would appear in your version of 2116, as well as a brief explanation of the origins of these enhancements. Please also provide a description of at least one intended and one unintended consequence of these developments. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

Description on genetic modifications on other forms of biodiversity: (~150 words, 3 marks total):
Please describe any activities related to the genetic modification of others forms of biodiversity as they would appear in your version of 2116, as well as a brief explanation of the origins of these modifications. Please also provide a description of at least one intended and one unintended consequence of these developments. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

ON COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY:
Description of computer related progress (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe any key computer science developments as they would appear in your version of 2116. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your prediction.

SOCIETY AND CULTURE:
Demographics and population numbers (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe in both the local and global context for 2116, as well as provide a brief rationale for how it got this way. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

Form of governance(s) (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe the forms of governance (if any) and the various levels of governance as they relate to both the local and global context for 2116. Please provide an example of a current situation where such governance is used (if applicable).

Equity issues (if any), and description of factions, key groups (~150 words, 3 marks total):
Please comment on your locale as it relates to issues in equity. This can be specific to your locale or may be a generalized situation in the global context for 2116. If issues in equity do exist, then describe the demographics of the factions, groups, or communities involved.

Health issues (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe at least one health related issue as they relate to either the local and global context for 2116, as well as a brief explanation of the origins of this issue. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your explanation.

INFRASTRUCTURE:
Key industries (local and its relation to global) (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe in both the local and global context for 2116, as well as provide a brief rationale for why the locale focuses on this type of industry(ies). Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your rationale.

Law and order considerations (~100 words, 2 marks total):
Please describe in the local context for 2116, as well as provide a brief rationale for why the locale focuses on this type of law enforcement practice. Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps explain your scenario.

Transportation, trade (~150 words, 3 marks total):
Please describe the local and global modes of transportation that are most commonly used in 2116: if the transportation is novel, please provide a brief explanation. Also use this section to comment on trade considerations (specifically, movement of goods). Please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your explanation.

POTENTIAL STRESSORS/IMPACTS/SOURCES OF CONFLICT (Each ~100 words, 8 marks total):
For each, please summarize some potential stressors, impacts, or sources of conflicts arising due to vulnerabilities. In each case, please provide an APA style citation from a credible news article, information source, or report (such as those listed in the above resources) that helps support your predictions.
(1) Due to (extreme) climate patterns:
(2) Due to resource limitations:
(3) Due to possible pollution issues:
(4) Due to genetic considerations:

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