Teorias e Conceitos de Ecologia Humana


Through the participation in the course students should learn and train
a) To understand the interdisciplinary nature of human ecology and the common concepts and perspectives of its different branches (following the historical development of human ecology)
b) The use of interdisciplinary knowledge and methods to study nature and society in human ecology
c) The analysis of multiple ecological and socio-cultural factors influencing the human interaction with nature in modern society and the human use of natural resources
d) To be able to argue individually and critically about environmental problems and their potential solutions through human-ecological research

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sónia Alexandra de Barros Rito Nunes Nobre


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language





Campbell B (1995). Human Ecology. The story of our place in nature from prehistory to the present. N.Y: Aldine de Gruyer
Dyball, R & Newell, B (2015). Understanding Human Ecology: A systems approach to sustainability. Taylor & Fra Gr.
Grafmeyer Y & Joseph I (eds.) (1980). L’école de Chicago. Naissance de l’écologie urbaine. Paris: Aubier
Hawley, A(1986) Human Ecology. A Theoretical Essay. Chicago: Univ Chicago Pre
Park, R (1934) Human Ecology. The Am. Jour Soc., XLII(1)1-15
Pires, I., Craveiro, J (2010) Human Ecology: Past, Present and Future, in Studies in Human Ecology. Hanoi: House Sci. Tec, 26­44
Rambo T. (1983). Conceptual Approaches in Human Ecology. Policy Institute, Res. Rep 143
Siniarska A, Dickinson F (1996). Annotated bibliography in human ecology. Delhi: Kam. Enter.
Steiner, D & Nauser, M (ed) (1993). Human Ecology: Fragments of Anti Fragmentary Views of the World. London: Routl.
Young, G (1974) Human ecology as an interdisciplinary concept: A critical inquiry. Ecol. Res

Teaching method

Classes will be theoretical and practical depending on the various points of the program and in line with the defined learning objectives.


Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - individual essay - essay shall be up to a maximum of 5,500 words (excluding references). Students must undertake a literature review (at least 5 articles) designed to get them critically engaged with arguments in existing academic literature in one of the topics discussed in class.(75%), oral presentation, together with the participation in class discussions during the term(25%)

Subject matter

I. What is Human Ecology: origins and development of Human Ecology
1. Ecology and Human Ecology
2.The origins of Human Ecology: From the Chicago School to present
3. Worldviews on Human ecology: Human Ecology in Europe, US, South America, Australia and Asia
4.The interdisciplinary nature of human ecology: Inter, pluri- and transdisciplinary knowledge
5. Applied Human Ecology

II. Human Ecology and Other Social Sciences
1. Environmental Sociology
2. Social and cultural geography
3. Other social sciences (Anthropology, Biohistory and Environmental History)

III. Theories and conceptual frameworks

1. Theory of ecological modernization
2. Theory of risk society and reflexive modernization
3. Societal metabolism and colonization of nature
4. Deep ecology
5. Environmental ethics
6. Ecological theory of human development
7. Biophilia



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