Human Ecology II

(Course Code: 135KEY, Course outline)

Semester:  8 Teaching Credits:  2 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:

Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses: Human Ecology I Course type: Special background Instructor: Andreas Troumbis
  • The course extends on applied questions of Human Ecology, especially regarding integration of human consumption behaviour and technology.
  • Techniques of scenario building will further be developed.
  • Techniques of sensitivity/uncertainty analysis will be introduced in practice.
  • Examination and production of local vs. international predictions and forecasts for SDGs 2030, improved Aichi 2020 targets and IPCC scenarios 2050 and beyond
  • Upon completion of the course, students are expected to understand and master
    • Scenario building processes and techniques transgressing over multiple singular fields of environmental science.
    • The concepts, mechanics and dynamics of planetary change, especially in its interaction with- and importance for- biodiversity and ecosystem functions as influenced by human population dynamics.
    • The development and use of mathematical models in problem solving approaches regarding economic growth, population planning, technology and innovation effects, steady state conditions and ecosystem level functions (stocks and flows)
Topics per Week:
  • This course is mainly research oriented. Students should submit a research report at the end of the academic semester.
  • Axis 1: Preparative course on advances on human ecology issues will be delivered and adequate literature will be made available for guided personal study. Concepts, Methods and Technics for Ecosystem level models for processes and functions as influenced and/or disturbed by human interference(s) with social-ecological systems.
  • Axis 2: Personal/team research work on flag issues of social-economic strategies, especially on island ecosystems. Students are expected to deliver a professional-like report on specific issue(s) of environmental management.
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
:
1
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
:
2
Other Activities:  –
Grading: written exams (50%, small projects (50%)
Notes: Lecture slides in PowerPoint format, written instructions for the laboratory exercises
Basic Textbook:

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Language:

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English

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