The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the relationships between people and plants, with a focus on traditional plant knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and how this knowledge reflects and is reflected by environmental perceptions. Major topics within the field of ethnobotany are covered, with examples drawn in most cases from northwestern North America. Readings relating to subtopics covered are assigned from the textbook or additional materials. PowerPoint presentations, plant samples and field trips are used to familiarize students with the plants and plant products being discussed. An important learning goal of this course is for each student to find personal meaning in the course materials, including an increased awareness of the key role played by plants in our daily lives, and in motivation to continue studying plant and human culture relationships.
Prerequisites: – – Semester: Fall, Summer Credits: 3 Hours: 45