Teorias e Conceitos de Ecologia Humana (not translated) - 1st semester


The content of this course was prepared to allow either the knowledge deepen of students entering the doctoral program after they have completed a master´s degree in human ecology or for those for whom these research fields are new. For these students an extra tutorial support and bibliography will be provided so that at the end of the semester the students group has a more homogeneous knowledge.

It is intended that students acquire and develop:
a) a broad overview of the theoretical developments in human ecology;
b) capacity for critical analysis of the main theoretical currents of human ecology;
c) familiarity with multidisciplinary approaches that articulate the various knowledge;
d) to develop bibliographic research skills and critical reading skills of the texts proposed throughout the term;
e) skills to apply this knowledge in the preparation of a literature review essay.

General characterization





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Weekly - 2

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Borden, R (2014) Ecology and Experience. California: N. Atl. Books.
Bruhn, J. (1974) Human Ecology: A Unifying Science?. Human Ecopoly, Vol.2(2): 105/125.
Ehrlich, P. R; Ehrlich, A. H.; Holdren, J. P. (1973). Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions. S.Francisco: Freeman
Gross, M (2004) Human Geography and Ecological Sociology: The Unfolding of a Human Ecology, 1890 to 1930 – and Beyond. Soc. Sc. Hist. 28 (4): 575-605
Habermas, J (2006). O Futuro da Natureza Humana. Coimbra: Almedina
Lopes P. and Begossi A (eds) (2009) Current Trends in Human Ecology. UK: Cambridge Sch. Pub.
Pires, I., Craveiro, J (2010) Human Ecology: Past, Present and Future, in Studies in Human Ecology. Hanoi: House Sci. Techn, pp.: 26-44
Pires, I (2014) Problemas Sociais Complexos: O Olhar da Ecologia Humana, in Alvim, Badiru e Marques (ed) ECOLOGIA HUMANA, UMA VISÃO GLOBAL. Feira de Santana: UEFS
Steiner, D; Nauser, M (Ed) (2003) Human ecology, Fragments of anti-fragmentary views of the world. Taylor & Francis

Teaching method

Classes are focused on the theoretical exposition of the topics, based on articles available in the moodle platform which allows students to access a wide range of analytical perspectives. Based on these materials, the student must develop his/her own critical opinion on the subject and discuss it in a group dynamic context. This critical reflection will be further developed in the preparation of his/her essay to be presented to the group in one of the final classes.
Each student will be given 15m for the presentation of his/her essay followed by a discussion period during which each student will be asked to briefly comment it. Students will be able to develop skills associated with public exposition, critical thinking and arguing ability.

Evaluation method

Theoretical essay in human ecology based on a literature review of a specific topic chosen by the student and agreed with the teacher (80% of the final grade) and its oral presentation (20% of the final grade).

Subject matter

The history of Human Ecology: from the Monism to the Chicago School
What is Human Ecology?
Interdisciplinary roots of human ecology
Conceptual foundations of a general human ecology
An open discipline or synthesis discipline?
Coping with complexity and diversity


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