Human Ecology - Syllabus
Human Ecology, Bibliography, Journals, Abstracts,
Books on Human Ecology
Human Ecology and Education Syllabus State University of New York
Course Syllabus - LEXINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EXPLANATION IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMAN ECOLOGY Rutgers
Ecology Syllabus - Pagano, Biagio - Park University
Lexington Community College BIO 102-HUMAN ECOLOGY Syllabus
Hawaii University - HUMAN ECOLOGY - Course Syllabus
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Social Science 150 is an introduction to human ecology. The course
will examine how the relationship between the individual and the natural environment is
mediated through society. This will involve learning to identify systems of culture and
political economy in terms of institutionalized relationships to nature. Students will
develop a basic awareness of environmental issues and problems, their causes, and
Introduction: Environmental Problems,
Cultural Ecology: Environmental Problems
Ethnoecology: Consumption and Materialism
Pigs for the Ancestors: Consumption and Materialism
Amazonian Hunters: Money and Machines
Complex Societies: Money and Machines
Underground Environment: Population and Development
Hazard and Risk: Population and Development
Population: Ideology of Environmental Domination
Biodiversity and Health: Ideology of Environmental Concern
Being Green: Human Nature of Nature
Consumer Cultures: Organizing the Ecological Society
Community College BIO 102-HUMAN ECOLOGY Syllabus
Introduction to Environmental Science
Physical laws of matter
Physical laws of energy
Ecosystems: energy flow
Ecosystems: nutrient flow
Ecosystems: nutrient flow
Communities: distribution and abundance
Communities: species interactions
Population growth; Evolution
Human health and disease
The value of biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Managing natural areas
Food resources: sources of food, fisheries
Food resources: agriculture
Environmental impacts of agriculture: soil resources
Environmental impacts of agriculture: water resources1
Energy resources: fossil fuels
Energy resources: nuclear power
Renewable energy resources
Renewable energy resources
Patterns of energy use and conservation
Energy & Water Use
Atmospheric resources: air pollution
Atmospheric resources: climate change
EXPLANATION IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMAN ECOLOGY
Bonnie J. McCay and Andrew P. Vayda Department of Human Ecology
Rutgers University Syllabus and
The course will be devoted to analysis of modes of explanation found in studies in
anthropology (including socio-cultural and evolutionary anthropology) and in human
ecology, withconsideration of such issues and topics as causal vs. non-causal
explanations; holism andindividualism; essentialism; explaining actions by referring to
mental events; norms and traditions as explanatory factors and as objects of explanation;
unintended consequences asobjects of explanation; naive functionalism in cost/benefit
explanations; the explanatory role ofgeneralizations; the explanatory use of narratives;
the relation between "processes" and "events"in explanations;
counterfactual questions and explanatory relativity; "how-possibly" vs.
"why-actually" explanations; and the usability of the same modes of explanation
for behavior indifferent cultures and different periods.
320 - Human Ecology and Education
State University of New York - Plattsburgh, New York
Center for Educational Studies and Services
Dr. Mark Beatham
Explore global context of environmental issues and various cultural educational practices.
Develop awareness of ways culture patterns relationships with the natural
world, and how these patterns affect ecological health. Will compare and contrast Western
and non-Western ecological relationships, and explore alternatives.
Objectives: The student will:
1. examine key global environmental issues
2. examine critical role of technology in
understanding and addressing ecological issues
3. understand the essential interrelationship of
cultural thought/language and social
behaviors, and compare across
4. critically evaluate educational models, according
to essential ecological criteria
5. contrast Batesons systemic
thought model with traditional Western epistemology
6. reassess own cultures terms with the
I. Introduction to Global Environmental Issues
A. Selected environmental
B. Key terms and concepts
C. Global and local
II. Technology and the Environment
A. Definitions of technology
B. Historical impacts of
C. Historical impacts of
technology: human culture
III. Language/Thought/Culture Connection and
A. Cultural representations
and the environment
B. Gender issues and the
C. School culture and the
IV. Exploring Educational Alternatives
A. Bateson and the
language of connection
B. Eco-feminist alternatives
C. Other philosophies
Ascher, C. (1987). Selling to ms. consumer. In D. Lazere (Ed.) American media and mass
culture: Left perspectives (pp. 43-52). Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Bateson, G. (1972). Steps to an ecology of mind. London: Aronson.
Berman, M. (1979). Reenchantment of the world. New York: Bantam.
Berry, W. (1987). Home economics. San Francisco: North Point.
Berry, W. (1972). A continuous harmony: Essay cultural and agricultural. New York:
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Bowers, C.A. (1993). Education, cultural myths, and the ecological crisis: Toward deep
changes. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Dewey, J. (1944). Democracy and education. New York: Free Press.
Evernden, N. (1987). The natural alien: Humankind and environment. Toronto: University of
Heidegger, M. (1962). Being and time. (N. Verlag, Trans.) New York: Harper and Row.
Highwater, J. (1981). The primal mind: Vision and reality in Indian America. New York:
Leopold, A. (1966). A sand county almanac. New York: Ballantine.
McKibben, B. (1991). The age of missing information. New York: Harper and Row.
Merchant, C. (1980). The death of nature: Women, ecology, and the scientific revolution.
New York: Harper and Row.
Milbrath, L.W. (1989). Envisioning a sustainable society: Learning our way out. Albany,
NY: SUNY Press.
Neihardt, J.G. (1961). Black Elk speaks: Being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala
Sioux. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska.
Orr, D. (1992). Ecological literacy: Education and the transition to a postmodern world.
Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Owens, L. (Ed.). (1981). Works of Henry David Thoreau. New York: Crown.
Postman, N. (1985). Amusing ourselves to death: Public discourse in the age of show
business. New York: Penguin.
Schumacher, E.F. (1973). Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. New York:
Harper and Row.
Sontag, S. (1973). On photography. New York: Noonday.
Smith, G.A. (1992). Education and the environment: Learning to live with limits. Albany,
Willers, B. (Ed.). (1991). Learning to listen to the land. Washington, DC: Island.
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Human Ecology - Course Syllabus
A study of the interrelationships of man, populations, space, energy, food, mineral
resources, and other life on earth. Not for life science majors.
COURSE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
Learning outcome: Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic
and major environmental issues as presented in this class.
Basic Ecological Principles:
· the hierarchical organization of the biosphere
· energy as the common denominator of life
· biogeochemical cycles
· physical aspects of the environment as determinants of species distribution
· population growth and evolution
· species interactions
· community development, diversity, and succession
Major Environmental Issues:
· human population growth
· air and water pollution
· impacts of agriculture and pest control
· preservation of species and ecosystem diversity
· global climate change
· traditional versus alternative energy resources
· waste management
· resource management
Required text: Raven & Berg, Environment, John Wiley, 4th Edition, 2004. Review
questions and scantron forms for exams are shrink-wrapped together and available at
the LCC Bookstore.
BIO 102 - COURSE OUTLINE
DATE TOPIC READING ASSIGNMENT
R 1/15 Environmental attitudes & impact Chap. 1
T 1/20 Solving environmental problems Chap. 2
R 1/22 History of environmental problems Chap. 3
T 1/27 Video: Alien Invasion, 10 pts.
R 1/29 Ecosystems and energy Chap. 4
T 2/3 Ecosystems and living organisms Chap. 5
R 2/5 Ecosystems and living organisms Chap. 5
T 2/10 Exam 1, 100 pts.
R 2/12 Ecosystems and physical environment Chap. 6
T 2/17 Biomes group work, 20 pts. Chap. 7
R 2/19 Aquatic ecosystems Chap. 7
T 2/24 Population growth and problems Chap. 8
R 2/26 Video: Six Billion & Beyond, 10 pts.
T 3/2 Biodiversity and conservation Chap. 16
R 3/4 Exam 2, 100 pts.
T 3/9 Fossil fuels Chap. 10
R 3/11 Nuclear energy Chap. 11 & Appendix 1
T 3/23 Alternative energy group work, 20 pts. Chap. 12
R 3/25 Water resources & pollution Chap. 13 & 21
T 3/30 Video: An American Nile, 10 pts.
R 4/1 Soil resources Chap. 14
T 4/6 Exam 3, 100 pts.
R 4/8 Land management Chap. 17
T 4/13 Agriculture Chap. 18
R 4/15 Video: Earth on Edge, 10 pts.
T 4/20 Air pollution Chap. 19
R 4/22 Global atmospheric changes Chap. 20
T 4/27 Pesticides Chap. 22
R 4/29 Solid and hazardous wastes Chap. 23
Human Ecology - Pagano,
Biagio - Park University
Syllabus - BI 301 - KC Accelerated
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the relationship of humans to their biological
environment. Strong emphasis is placed on the damage the planet is incurring due to the
activities of humankind and what needs to be accomplished to counteract environmental
degradation. Examples of topics include population growth and resource consumption,
stratospheric ozone depletion, air pollution, human induced climate change, biological
diversity, solid and hazardous waste, water resources, economic and cultural patterns
affecting the environment, how ecological systems function and sustainable initiatives.
Course Objectives: After completing Human Ecology, the student should be able to:
Define ecology and some of its basic principles, such as the life support systems of the
planet, functions of ecosystems, first and second laws of thermodynamics, food webs,
biological diversity, biogeochemical cycles, biological magnification and the greenhouse
Describe exponential population growth and its implications for human and
environmental health and how it can be stabilized.
Describe the limitations inherent in the consumption of finite resources like fossil
fuels, uranium and metals.
Describe the value of biological diversity, the implications of species extinction and
Quantify the advantages and disadvantages of the various sources of energy, both renewable
Identify the sources, the impact, and the solutions of water and air pollution, as well
as, solid and hazardous waste production.
Define developing an environmental ethic and sustainable solutions
and list the advantages of these concepts.
Describe the implications associated with human induced climate change and loss of
stratospheric ozone, as well as, required solutions.
Outline the most effective ways to bring about sustainable changes through social,
political, economic policies and through individual initiatives.
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): G. Tyler Miller, Jr. Sustaining the Earth: An Integrated Approach,
Sixth Edition. Thomson, Brooks/Cole, 2004, ISBN# 0-534-40086-8
Overview of Course and Environmental Issues.
Science, Matter, Energy and Ecosystems (Chapt.2)
Environmental Problems and Their Causes (Chapt. 1)
The Human Population (Chapt. 5)
Energy (Chapt. 6)
Biodiversity (Chapts. 7,8,9)
Risk, Toxicology and Human Health (Chapt. 10)
Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Air Pollution (Chapt. 11)
Water Resources and Pollution (Chapt. 12)
Solid and Hazardous Waste (Chapt. 13)
Environmental Economics, Politics and Worldviews (Chapt. 14)
Health and Human Ecology
Ecology Theoretical Essay
Ecology Following Natures Lead
in Human Perspective
of Human Ecology
in Human Ecology
and Human Well being
Studies in Human Ecology
Encyclopedia of Human Ecology
Change Human Survival
in Human Ecology
Sociology of Energy
Books on Sociology of Environment:
Sociology and the Environment
Sociology of the Environment
Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective
Environment and Society
Sociology of Energy Buildings and the Environment
and Community Empowerment
and Global Modernity
Ecology of Place
and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues
Pioneers for the Environment
Americans And The Environment
Theory and the Environment
Environment and Society
and Social Theory
Sociology: From Analysis To Action
Impact on the Natural Environment
and the Environment