Instruments and objectives of the Science and Environmental Policy

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The main objectives of this course are:

1. To communicate to students the basic concepts of knowledge, tradition, way of humanity, heritage and conservation areas and introduce management concepts of nature conservation in order to support the management of natural and environmental resources.

2. To debate with the students the unity and diversity of the scientific approach focusing real issues they present and their preliminary ideas for the master dissertation.

3. To confront the students with real problems where the common sense of disciplinary approaches are not able to address in the different contexts and challenge them to adopt a scientific and interdisciplinary perspective to address the highlighted problems and issues.


History of the use of natural resources management issues and conservation. Development and evolution. Science and Development. Religion and science. Religion and nature conservation.

Teaching Methodologies

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Alfsen, K. H., Fuglestvedt, J., Seip, H. M. & Skodvin, T. (1999). Climate change. Scientific background and process.

Universitetet I Oslo, Report 2000:1.

CIC (1992) Catecismo da Igreja Católica, Gráfica de Coimbra, Coimbra.

Conselho Pontifício «Justiça e Paz» (2005) Compêndio da Doutrina Social da Igreja, Principia, Lisboa.

Easterly, William (2001). The Elusive Quest for Growth – Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Ma.

Lomborg, Bjørn (1998) The Skeptical Environmentalist – Measuring the Real State of the World, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Neves, J. (2004) Dois milhões de Anos de Economia, Universidade Católica Editora, Lisboa.

Anónimo (2000). Concise report of the debates of the First Convention of Civil Society organised at European level.



ECTS Credits



  • Teórico-Práticas - 46 hours