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Animals, People and Plants: An introduction to Ethnobiology - SE306
Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of a degree
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The information below applies to the 2013-14 session
Method of assessment
- Balick, M.J. and Cox, P.A., "Plants, People and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany", New York: Scientific American Library, 1996
- Cunningham, A., "Applied Ethnobotany", 2001
- Martin, G.J., "Ethnobotany: A Methods Manual," London: Chapman and Hall, 1995
- Rival, L. ed., "The Social Life of Trees: An Anthropological Perspective on Tree Symbolism", Berg, 1998
- Schultes and Hofmann, "Plants of the Gods: Origins of Hallucinogenic Use", New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979
- Ingold, T. (ed.), "What Is An Animals?" (One World Archaeology), London: Routledge, 1988
- Moulton, M.P and Sanderson, J., "Wildlife Issues in a Changing World", St. Lucie Press, Florida USA, 1997
- The wide-ranging relationship between humans and animals.
- How animals have affected human history and have contributed to the structure of contemporary societies around the world.
- Aspects of utilitarian, welfare and rights-based perspectives, among others, that affect contemporary relationships with animals.
- Mythological and religious perspectives of animals.
- The legal status of animals: concepts of ownership, the differentiation between wild, 'game' and domesticated species and the regulation of animal welfare.
- The politics of the relationship between humans and animals and the dynamics of animal protection.
- The basic theories of how plants are named, identified and classified by different peoples, including botanical scientists.
- Cross-cultural variation in the use of plants, both as symbols (in art and ritual) and as materials (in food, medicine, construction and handicrafts, among other things).
- The linkages between plant diversity and human cultural diversity in time and space, including the origins of domestication and agriculture.
- Anthropological theories of local plant knowledge, its generation, transmission, alteration and loss.
- Hows to collect an ethnobotanical voucher specimen and prepare a collection record and lablel.