|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
The course deals with issues related to the management and conservation of the Earth's resources. Particular attention is paid to environmental alterations produced by man, to problems deriving from pollution and to the concept of sustainable development.
AIMS AND CONTENT
The course aims to develop the basic knowledge acquired by taking the fundamentals of ecological theory in order to apply them to the study and management of environmental problems. Conceptual and methodological aspects will be used according to different keys for the analysis of ecological systems
AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
The course aims to familiarize students with the observation, conducted with a critical spirit, of both the natural reality and the reactions of the Earth ecosystem to the changes / alterations caused by the multiple human activities, considered in their temporal evolution. During the lectures, all the members of the class, protagonists of the learning process, are asked to present their knowledge / experiences on the topics covered. At the end of the meeting, the student, based on the multiplicity of previous knowledge and the different interpretations expressed by the class, will be able to constructively and subjectively re-elaborate the general information provided by the teacher. At the end of the course, once the desired habit of facing the multiple aspects of a problem / phenomenon is taken into consideration, the student will be able to proceed independently to the analysis and to the preventive evaluation of the positive or negative consequences / alterations that human activities can produce in the different natural environmental sectors.
Knowledge of the basics (concepts and vocabulary) of ecology
The course includes lectures with the active participation of the class members who, through the prior consultation of the teaching material already uploaded in aulaweb, can be informed in advance about the topics addressed at each meeting, thus having the opportunity to organize a personal mind map on the subject under discussion. Laboratories, exercises, seminars and field activities are defined, as far as possible, based on the preferences expressed by the students themselves. Thematic analyzes and group work are not excluded, even in relation to the preparation of the final exam.
The evolution of the relationship between man and nature: population growth, human impact, environmental changes, sustainable development. Land resources: generality and use. Air: Atmosphere structure, pollution, greenhouse effect, acid rain, photochemical smog, ozone hole Water: Chemical and physical characteristics, Use and pollution, Flaps, Lakes, Rivers, Sea Soil: Features, Use and Pollution, Dilution, Desertification, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Waste Food: Fishing, Aquaculture, Livestock, Industrialized and Organic Agriculture Power: Renewable (Waves, Tides, Wind, Water, Sun) Non-Renewable (Fossil Fuels, Oil, Coal)
All slides used during the lessons and other teaching material will be available on AulaWeb with an adequate advance compared to the day of the single lesson / workshop.
TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD
CHIARA PAOLI (President)
PAOLO VASSALLO (President Substitute)
The lessons of the first semester will start from September 30th 2019 and will end by January 17th 2020, the lessons of the second semester will start from February 17th 2020 and will end by June 12th 2020. Consult detailed timetable at the following link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/
The exam is oral and includes the autonomous creation of a final presentation / essay on a topic chosen by the student and the answer to questions asked by the teacher on topics covered in class. At the end of the educational path, which provides the student as a central figure, the examiner will be able to present, with the correct use of the specialized vocabulary, his own evaluations on a human phenomenon / activity of his choice, concerning the themes of applied ecology, providing autonomously the creation of a final presentation / thesis with particular reference to the sustainability of the activity, to the possible consequences of the anthropic impact and to the possible recovery interventions to support the natural ecosystem response / resilience.
The final presentation, in addition to allowing the teacher to evaluate the learning achieved by the student, through appropriate questions related to the topic, will further aim to represent for the examining a test bench for the synthetic and scientifically correct exposition of the his own critical reasoning in front of a qualified audience and also, for the fellow students present at the examination, may represent a further educational moment.
Due to the particular direction of teaching, constant attendance and active participation of the entire class is recommended.