Introduction to the Life Sciences Study
Part of this Programme
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Bachelor | Semestral | 1,5
Year | Type of course unit | Language
1 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
42 | 15
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
What is science? Essential aspects of science: quantification, rigor of sampling, objectivity. What? As? Because? What is and how does the scientific method work? Science and Pseudoscience The singularities of the life sciences Science and society: bioethics Discussion of current cases
This discipline aims to make an introduction to the study of the life sciences in their different levels of integration, from biological molecules to ecosystems.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
The main attributes of scientific thought will be discussed. The importance of evolutionary theory as an integrating principle of the life sciences will be emphasized. The importance of the life sciences in modern societies will be addressed.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
Active learning, in seminars, with the teacher to play mainly the role of animator and guiding the discussion and reflection. Participation groups. Writing in the class of small texts on topics previously provided. Continuous assessment with questions to answer at the end of the lesson Alternatively, final reflective work on one of a list of proposed topics or events.
Gaspar, A. (Coord.) 2009. Evolução e Criacionismo - Uma relação impossível. Quasi Edições.
Gonçalves, M.E. e J. Freire. 2009. Biologia e biólogos em Portugal. Ensino,
emprego e Sociedade. Esfera do Caos. 305pp.
Gould, S.J, 2004.A falsa medida do Homem, Quasi Edições.
Marçal, D., 2014. Pseudociência. Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.
Mayr, E., 1998. This is Biology: the science of the living world. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Mayr, E., 2002. What evolution is? From Theory to Fact (Science Masters). Phoenix.