Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ATH 214
Course Title:
Human Environments: Ecological Aspects
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Course Description

Examines ecological relationships between human societies and their natural environments. Clarifies the human's biological relatedness to the world's natural ecosystems and then presents a look at the ensuing disruptions in nature and in human cultures. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course surveys the history of ecological theory and examines human relationship to our environment; it reviews the many natural environmental types to better understand the variety of human adaptations.  As ecology and economy are closely related, the variety of subsistence types will also be presented and examined.  The course will serve as an introduction to the Anthropological sub-field of Culture Ecology.  Students should minimally read and write at the college level.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.  Examine basic concepts in cultural ecology.

2. Identify the impact of the environment on human cultural systems.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include any of the following:

* exams ( in class and take home)

* term papers

* quizzes

* student presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:

  • Culture
  • Ecology
  • Economy  


  • Biocides and Pollutants
  • Extinctions
  • Cultural Expansions


  • Physical Environment
  • Biosphere
  • Ecology  


  • Study and learn Ecological Anthropology at the College level  
  • Learn Human Biology and Evolution


Texts, monographs, films or other materials are at the discretion of the instructor with prior approval of the Anthropology Subject Area Curriculum Committee.