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This course is an introduction to ecological anthropology, the study of the interrelationships between humans and their environments. Ecological anthropology is concerned with people's perceptions of and interactions with the physical and biological surroundings, and the various linkages between biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Topics to be explored include subsistence strategies, the ecology of ethnic foodways, human alteration of the environment, traditional knowledge of wild plants, ethnobiological classification, natural resource sustainability, intellectual property rights among indigenous peoples, the anthropology of tourism, environmental racism, and conservation policies in both simple and complex societies. My goal in teaching this class is to provide you with a broader understanding of the role of nature in perpetuating cultural knowledge for generations.
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Feedback? Please email: Anne Kelsey.
In addition to these materials, you may find the following sites also useful:
AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (syllabus on teaching about AIDS)
American Anthropological Association RACE: Are We So Different? Project (materials for Middle and High School Teachers and families about teaching race and human variation)
American Sociological Association Trails (teaching resources and innovation library for sociology)
Anthropology of Children and Childhood interest group (syllabus from a variety of anthropologists)
Smithsonian Department of Anthropology (teaching activities, teaching guides, and more) http://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/outrch1.html
Smithsonian Lesson Plans (lesson plans for promoting inquiry-based learning from preschool through high school and general audiences)
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (classroom and teaching activities) http://saccweb.net/?page_id=340
Society for Anthropology of North America Syllabus collection (graduate and undergraduate courses incorporating anthropological perspectives on North America, its inhabitants, and their cultures and histories)
Society for Medical Anthropology Syllabus Archive (courses with significant anthropological content for students at an undergraduate or graduate level)
Strategies in Teaching Anthropology (textbook and website with free downloadable resources. Note: login required)
NEW! Teaching eHRAF is an innovative, interdisciplinary teaching resource for universities, colleges, and high schools aimed at providing faculty with ideas about how to use the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology online databases in their curricula.
Teaching Media (where media scholars share resources and ideas for the undergraduate classroom)