Summer 2023 - INDG 332 D200

Indigenous Ethnobotany (3)

Class Number: 3721

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Fri, 12:30–6:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W.



This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by Indigenous peoples. It provides students with information about the role of plants in Indigenous cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within Indigenous knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Indigenous groups or culture areas. Students with credit for FNST 332 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.


  • Prepared plant collection 30%
  • Assignments 40%
  • Research paper 20%
  • Participation 10%


This course is an In-Person OFFERING and will include two or more outdoor field-trips and experiential learning activities (both on and off campus).

Start and end times for field-trips may be altered slightly beyond regularly scheduled class hours.

Prompt and regular student attendance and participation in all course activities is expected.

Enrollment is prioritized and some seats are reserved for INDG program-declared and affiliated plan students. Non-INDG/Affiliated plan students may contact Department Advisor at for Manual Waitlist Placement.

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. Students who encounter barriers in their academic work and have a documented need for academic accommodations are encouraged to contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)
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Completion of all course work required to receive a grade for the course.

All students are expected to read and understand SFU policies with regard to academic honesty and student conduct (S10). Please read: < >



A fee of $10.00 is needed to pay for specimen mounting paper and folder.

For students who desire a plant press on a temporary loan basis (there is one complete press available for each student), a refundable deposit of $80.00 is required. These fees will be collected as cash on the first day of class (please bring exact change).

Class field-trips may also require fees – this will be announced as field-trips are confirmed.


Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon (Eds.). 2004. Lone Pine Publishing 

(NOTE: new hardcopies are available to order through the SFU bookstore (an eBook version of this textbook is not available). Students are also free to procure the textbook on their own, for example, with the help of the bookstore’s "compare" tool, directly through the publisher’s website [Lone Pine Publishing] or, via local used bookshops).

ISBN: 9781772130096

Beyond the required text, all reading and discussion materials related to the course will be made available through both SFU CANVAS and the BENNETT LIBRARY COURSE RESERVES (Burnaby Campus).


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at:

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.