Fall 2022 - ARCH 389 OL01

Ethnoecology (3)

Class Number: 8167

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Students must have completed a minimum of 30 units.



Ethnoecology is the study of the relationships between people and their environment. It is motivated by and situated in current issues, such as food security and food sovereignty, ethics, climate change, and cultural loss and reconnection. We will explore these issues through case studies from cultures around the world and directly from ethnoecological researchers. Students with credit for ARCH 329 ST-Ethnoecology may not take this course for further credit.


Ethnoecology is broadly defined as the study of the dynamic relationships between people and their environments – in the past and present. Ethnoecology integrates many disciplines, perspectives, and kinds of knowledge.  Increasingly, this integration of perspectives is motivated by and situated in current issues, such as food security and food sovereignty, ethics, climate change, and cultural loss and reconnection. In this course, we will explore some aspects of ethnoecology by examining case studies from cultures around the world and by hearing first hand from ethnoecological researchers.  Students will be asked to conduct mini-projects that introduce them to a range of ethnoecological methods, ideas, and interpretations and that will challenge them to understand human-environmental relationships around the world and in their own backyards.


  • Weekly Report 25%
  • Mandala Visits Posts 20%
  • Cultural Keystone Species Interviews 20%
  • Essay on Culturally Salient Plant or Animal 35%





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Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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