Understanding Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology
Learn about the complex relationship between human societies and their natural environment in this free online course.
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In Understanding Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology, you will learn how human activities have polluted, harmed and changed the environment. Human ecology is the study of the interaction between humans and the environment, or the study of the distribution and abundance of humans. It deals with the relationship humankind has had with the natural environment and you will first learn about the impact the increase in the human population has had on Nature and the resultant damage.
Next, you will learn about two theories that explain the relationship between human societies and their environments, and how they outlived their use but ultimately paved the way for the study of human ecology. You will go back in history to the writings of Thomas Malthus in the eighteenth century, when he produced an essay about overpopulation and how this Malthusian theory of population influenced the ideas proposed by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. Following this, you will be introduced to ecological anthropology, a field that combines human ecology and cultural ecology.
Finally, you will learn how ecological anthropology has created many new branches of study, such as historical ecology, ethnoecology, ethnobotany and different models of human ecology. You will discover the benefits these different branches of study bring to our understanding and how they all explain how human societies have adapted to their environment, how the environment shapes cultural values, and how culture impacts the natural world. If you are interested in understanding the relationship human societies have with Nature, take this free course today and further your knowledge of human ecology and ecological anthropology.Start Course Now
Human Ecology - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Human Ecology
The Human Ecology Concept
A Theoretical Approach to Human Ecology
The Basic Premises of Ecological Anthropology
Human Ecology - Lesson Summary
Ecological Anthropology - Learning Outcomes
Cultural Materialism and Neofunctionalism
Ethnobotany and Historical Ecology
The Ecosystem-Based Model of Human Ecology
The Actor-Based Model of Human Ecology
The System Model of Human Ecology
Ecological Anthropology - Lesson Summary
After finishing this course you will be able to:
- Describe the impact of human activity on the environment
- Relate how ecological anthropology emerged
- Discuss cultural materialism and neofunctionalism
- Distinguish between latent functions and manifest functions
- Recall different models of human ecology
- Relate studies of different indigenous communities
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