Sustainable Development - 1st semester


a) To understand the relations of interdependence between physical and human environments;
b) To discuss the concept of Sustainable Development;
c) To recognize the diversity of disciplinary approaches and its use in the social, economic and environmental framework;
d) To know and respect the ethic principles and the environmental values;
e) To understand the processes and mechanisms of change;
f) To explain the conflicts of paradigms;
g) To evaluate critically the Environmental Legislation;
h) To develop a critic reasoning about the different social behaviours;
i) To analyze the diversity of perspectives and techniques used in ecological architecture and alternative energies;
j) To use the acquired knowledge in concrete cases.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Maria Firmino


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Geographies of Global Change (412-425). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Cardoso, S. (2013). Paradoxo: aumento do PIB e declíneo da felicidade. Rio de Janeiro:Congresso Nacional de Excelência em Gestão.

Firmino, A. (2004). A Casa Ecológica: inovação e desenvolvimento sustentável. GeoInova, 10, 101-113.

Lamberton, G. (2005). Sustainable Sufficiency - an internally consistent version of sustainability. Sustainable Development,13, 53-68. Acedido julho 9, 2015, em

Murphy, B. (1999). Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World. London: Zed Books, pp. 3-12; 78-99.

Sargisson, L. (2009). Sustainability and the Intentional Community: Green Intentional Communities. In L. Leonard, J. Barry (Ed.), The Transition to Sustainable Living and Practice. Vol. 4, chapter 9 (171-192). Bingley (UK): Emerald Books.

Teaching method

Teaching methods:Expositive and participative teaching; discussion of case-studies; field work.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: Test of all the program (60%), individual or group essay (until 3 students), based on literature and documental information, resulting from autonomous research, eventually field work (25%). Oral presentation with powerpoint (20 minutes) followed by public debate (10%).
Attendance (5%).

(According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element).

Subject matter

1) Evolutive synopsis of the concept of Development
2) Definition of Sustainable Development
3) Indicators and tools to measure the sustainability: Ecological Footprint
4) Conflict of paradigms in the domains: Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural and Scientific
5) Environmental Ethics
6) Environmental Legislation and Territorial Management
7) Architecture and Landscape: the art of ecological design
8) The Alternative Energies
9) Environmental Education: some examples of how to influence society
10) Man and the Myth: the awakening of a global consciousness.


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