Tokyo Shibuya shops and crowd

The institutions of business and industry have helped us achieve significant improvements to our quality of life over the last 250 years. Today, nearly everything we do is connected to economic activity of some sort, and the majority of social and environmental pressures we face arise from the way we run our economies.

The ecological human life-supporting systems of Earth are threatened by technical progress and development of modern industrial systems over the last 250 years, combined with rapid population growth.


Introduction to WEnotes activity

This activity is designed to provide an opportunity to practice posting a comment to the Course Feed using our WEnotes technology.

  1. You will need to register on this course site by clicking on the user icon ( ) in the site menu and completing the form. You need to be logged in to post using WEnotes before attempting this activity.
  2. Take a moment to think about the social or environmental problems that you consider to be important.
    • Why and how do they arise?
    • Who do you consider to be the key actors in bringing about these undesirable (though often unintended) consequences?
  3. Share your ideas on this topic by visiting the Course Feed and read what others think. Put Case for transformation at the beginning of your post to aid reading
    Here are a few example posts to show what you might post:
    • Case for transformation: Share holders require profits which are often at odds with a decent living wage
    • Case for transformation: Greed is destroying habitats e.g. the destruction of the rain forest for palm oil
    • Case for transformation: Politicians think about being re-elected rather than what is needed for the long term
    • Share your own ideas …

Post here or go to the Course Feed to post and read what others say.

You must be logged in to post to WEnotes.


Learning journal activity

This activity is required for students seeking formal credit. Other students may complete a learning journal but it will not be assessed.

  1. Complete this in your learning journal.
    • Information of setting up your learning journal can be found here.
    • Learning journal entries must be a minimum of 100 words.
    • Level 7 students must ensure they are providing critical reflection.
  2. Think about the questions above in more depth and write in your journal.