Fall 2022 - INDG 232 D100

Introduction to Ethnoecology in Indigenous Studies (3)

Class Number: 4553

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Through the interdisciplinary lens of ethnoecology, this course is an exploration of ongoing, hard-earned and reciprocal relationships between people and their environment. This course considers the cultural underpinnings of perception and interaction with landscape and ecologies - as one way to appreciate issues of sustainability and diversity in a global context. Students with credit for FNST 232 may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

Ethnoecology is an interdisciplinary field that considers the complex relationships between Indigenous and localized peoples’ knowledge and beliefs (ethnos), and the natural world (ecology). This course will provide an introductory overview of the field of ethnoecology with an emphasis on Indigenous perspectives, environmental knowledge, and global issues. Together, we will survey the approaches to, and applications of, ethnoecological research on livelihoods, conservation, ethics, policy, food, climate change, Indigenous rights, and technologies. This lower level undergraduate course is run as a seminar, and like ethnoecology will be deliberately participatory and exploratory.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

  • Describe basic issues in ethnoecology and Indigenous ecology
  • Critically evaluate the role of science in society and the media
  • Read and learn from various Indigenous writers, thinkers, and knowledge holders
  • List and discuss the variety of ethical issues involved in social scientific research and intellectual property rights
  • Consider the role of social institutions and governance in resource management
  • Consider the nature of cultural knowledge and knowledge production
  • Learn diverse methodological approaches and basic concepts ecology and anthropology
  • Critically evaluate the role of Indigenous knowledge in climate change and conservation research
  • Develop electronic-based research skills and techniques
  • Develop a sense of intellectual curiosity through observation, research, and investigation
  • Build a new relationship with nature and explore concepts of community

Grading

  • Participation and Class Discussions 20%
  • Discussion Lead 10%
  • Podcast Reviews (5) 25%
  • Ethnoecology & Media Assignment 15%
  • Final Project 30%

NOTES:

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

None

RECOMMENDED READING:

Pojar, J. and MacKinnon, A. eds., 2016. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Lone Pine.

Registrar Notes:

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Required Reading Notes:

Course Materials, including digital textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore by simply searching by your Campus/Term/Class at https://shop.sfu.ca/Course/campus.