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PFEIFFER • AMS-ENVS-HUM 159 • FALL 2009 • Page 1 of 14 AMS/ENVS/HUM 159 N ATURE W ORLD C ULTURES Dr. Jeanine Pfeiffer eCampus Online Course Fall 2009 [email protected] LIVE WEBCT SESSIONS: S AN J OSE S TATE U NIVERSITY Cellphone : 530/219-2838 Thurs 7:00 – 9:00 pm Online Office Hours: By appointment Instructor website : C OURSE D ESCRIPTION : In Nature and World Cultures Online we will survey the conceptual and empirical relationships between nature and societies across the globe . In class lectures, films, discussions, and assignments we will investigate and compare a wide range of cultural philosophies, experiences, knowledge about, interactions with, and responses to, nature. This interdisciplinary course asks the questions: (a) What are the reciprocal and dynamic relationships between culture and the environment ? (i.e., how does each influence the other?); and (b) How do socio-cultural factors : spiritual beliefs, economic standing, geographic location, historical events, gender, age, social status, profession and personal philosophies influence and/or change an individual’s or a group’s relationships with their surrounding environment? During the course we will examine works of authors representing different ethnicities, professions, socio-economic classes, spiritual traditions, educational backgrounds and geographical regions . We will read and hear the words of anthropologists, ecologists, journalists, naturalists, Native scholars, historians, indigenous peoples, poets, activists, museum curators, immigrants, filmmakers, and conservation organizations, and compare the authors’ narratives with our own experiences and insights. We will investigate cutting-edge theoretical frameworks and their real-world applications: o Ethnosciences relating to the natural world (ethnoecology, ethnobiology, ethnobotany, etc.) o The relationships between biological and cultural diversity (biocultural diversity); agrobiodiversity o Specific topics within cultural ecology and environmental anthropology: cultural keystone species, sacred ecology, indigenous cosmology; anthropomorphism; environmental activism o Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK); indigenous resource management systems o Cutural Heritage Tourism, Community-Based Ecotourism, nature-based tourism o Biological invasions and biocultural diversity The COURSE is designed to accommodate a VARIETY of INTERESTS, EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDS, and LEARNING STYLES. You are expected to PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY and THOUGHTFULLY throughout the course.
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PFEIFFER • AMS-ENVS-HUM 159 • FALL 2009 • Page 2 of 14 THIS IS NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL LECTURE-BASED COURSE. A n o n lin e c o u rs e re q u ire s a d d itio n a l e ffo rt to m a s te r th e te c h n o lo g y .
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