Ethnobiological Knowledge Systems - SACO8970

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Rajindra Puri checkmark-circle

Overview

This module is intended to enable you to discuss critically the relationship between people and other organic species, in terms of the social and knowledge systems of which they are part, using anthropological approaches and data. It deals with the ways in which different societies and cultures have come to perceive, know, use, classify and symbolically represent plants and animals. It also introduces you to the ways anthropologists have approached the study of local systems of classification and knowledge, and people's management and use of plants and animals.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Availability

Compulsory to the following courses:
MSc Ethnobotany

Optional to the following courses:
MA Social Anthropology: Humanitarian and Environmental Crises

Method of assessment

Essay 50%
Analytic note 25%
VLE test 25%

Reassessment methods: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html).

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. critically discuss the relationship between people and other organic species, in terms of the social and knowledge systems of which they are part, and using anthropological approaches and data
2. apply various methodological approaches within ethnobiology
3. understand the ways in which different societies and cultures have come to perceive, know, use, classify and symbolically represent plants and animals
4. appreciate the ways in which anthropologists have approached the study of local systems of classification and knowledge, and peoples' management and use of plants and animals

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. articulate and assess a range of anthropological and cognate approaches to issues of ethnobiological knowledge systems
2. understand the study of ethnobiological knowledge systems in relation to how the subject has developed
3. evaluate various theories of how ethnobiological knowledge is organised and explained
4. think critically in anthropological terms about the relationship between ethnobiological knowledge systems and other aspects of culture and society
5. choose appropriate methods in relation to anthropological questions suitable for research study
6. present ideas systematically and cogently both orally and in writing

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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