Subject: Permaculture Topics

Scientific Area:

Produção Agrícola e Animal


25 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

The discipline has as fundamental orientation to demonstrate the synergies inherent to  natural systems, proposing alternative paradigms and methodologies for a sustainable social environmental space occupation, as well as the exploitation of natural resources relevant in organic  agricultural.


1) introduction to Permaculture -A historical Perspective
2) Climate and Microclimate
3) Resource Description
4) Internal Recycling Networks
5) Agricultural Sustainability
6) Mapping and Zone Division
7) Planning and Design
8) Structures and Technologies
9) Domestic, Community and Urban Scale
10) Organization of Communities
11) Practical Examples and Visits
12) Conclusion


Jeff Nugent & Julia Boniface (2005); Permaculture Plants;  Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 2 edition.

Sepp Holzer (2011); Sepp Holzer's Permaculture - A Practical Guide; Chelsea Green Pub Co.

Ross Mars (2005); The Basics of Permaculture Design; Chelsea Green Publishing; Revised ed. Edition.

Bill Mollison (1994); Introduccion a la Permacultura; Publisher

Assesssment methods and criteria:

The evaluation will be based on a case study presentation accompanied by a seminar, group 2 or 3 students; as well as an Intermidiary Exam. 
Seminar topics will be proposed by common agreement between faculty and students, taking into consideration the disciplinary program.
  • The evaluation will be based on presentations of case studies by students (40%);
  • Depending on the Interpretation, synthesis and preparation of programmatic themes (10%), Clarity in the presentation of the seminar (10%), Originality of work (10%), Accuracy in the use of language (5%);
  • Report/memory of the activities (25%); 
Cannot be retrieved at the time Complement or special; The date for delivery of all Material regarding the writing seminars will be agreed with the students.
The groups who do not obtain the minimum of 15 values in the case study and seminar, must submit to the I. Exam, the final average being calculated according to: (Note the seminar x 2) + (1 x frequency)/3