Sustainable Development


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 Isabel Costa Febrero de Queiroz


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

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

Attendance(5%), 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%). (35%)

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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