ELEMENTS OF ECOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Develop knowledge and sensitivity regarding the functioning of natural and anthropized ecosystems. Reinforce correct behaviour from the ethical-environmental point of view; test critical abilities in the use of indicators and indices for evaluating complex systems.
Course contents summary
History of ecology.
Abiotic and biotic factors, climate.
Cycle of matter and energy flow in natural and anthropized systems.
Hierarchical and ecological organization levels: species (populations), communities,
ecosystems, landscape and biomes.
Intra- and inter-specific interactions.
Characteristics of the Homo sapiens species.
The value of biodiversity (also cultural): conservation risks and strategies.
Economy and ecology: unlimited and sustainable development, bearing capacity of systems, ecological imprint.
Environmental ethics: anthropocentrism, shallow ecology, deep ecology, ecological humanism; ethics of responsibility
Cunningham, Cunningham e Saigo (by Basset A. & Rossi L): Fondamenti di ecologia. McGraw Hill Milano (2004) + CD provided by the professor