The students should be able to red the bibliography in English.
- Teaching methodologies:
- Lectures using “PowerPoints” presentations. Students are always motivated to participate with their opinions.
- Scientific movies when appropriate to a better understanding the topics under discussion.
This course aims to enhance student’s grasp of principles of human ecology, a core part of biological anthropology. We aim to introduce the concepts of adaptation and acclimatization; to examine the effects of environmental stressors such as climatic factors and their role in human evolution; the study of the stages in the human life cycle; examines biological diversity across living human populations in a comparative perspective; lastly a brief overview of certain non-communicable diseases that have become common in western populations in consequences of our modernization will be examine.
-Adaptation and acclimatization
-The nature of adaptation of responses to climatic stress factors: heat, cold, radiation and hypoxia
-Basic concepts in growth, development and maturation
-How to define growth, how to measure and their significance
-Stages in the human life cycle
-Human biological diversity in stature and weight
-Types of human subsistence patterns: foraging, agriculture and industrialization
-Main health problems of modern human populations: non-infectious diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes type II and cancer.
Cristina Maria Proença Padez
Cameron, N.; Bogin, B. 2012. Human Growth and Development. Second Edition Academic Press.
Frisancho, A. R. 1981. Human Adaptation. A Functional Interpretation. The University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor
Jablonski, N. 2012. Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color. University of California Press.
Stinson, S.; Bogin, B.; O´Rourke, D. 2012. Human Biology. An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective. Wiley-Liss