Ecology is the study of the relationship between living organisms and their environment. This course will provide an overview of the basic principles of ecology with a view to heightening students’ appreciation of the awe-inspiring web of relationships humans are embedded in. Our in-class examination of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will be enhanced by a series of field trips.
• Render a detailed and articulate account of the basic principles of ecology
• Understand the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of living organisms
• Study populations of living organisms to understand their behaviour, particularly in relation to the dynamics of competition, cooperation and survival
• Understand the way in which various organisms interact with air, water, soil and radiation from the sun
• Understand what is meant by sustainable development and biodiversity
Course Details: Organisms in their environment: the evolutionary backdrop; species interactions; communities and ecosystems; human ecology; sustainable development; Catholic Social Teaching regarding the environment
Image: The Blue Marble by NASA/ GSFC/ NOAA/ USGS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons