Undergraduate Course: Elective: ethnobotany (ARCH09015)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Part-year visiting students only
|Summary||Indicative course content
What is ethnobotany? Diversity and development of folk taxonomies. Plants, people and the domestic economy. Plants, people and food (paleoethnobotany and the rise of agriculture). Plants, people and health (Traditional and modern systems of plant medicine). Plants, people and culture ¿ influence of plants in religion, exploration, trade, slavery and war. Plants for our future. Securing the genetic heritage and sustainable agriculture systems. Scottish ethnobotany case study.
Aims of course
1 This module is designed to provide students with an appreciation and understanding of ethnobotany. Students will learn how plants are critical to the lives of people and society.
Mode of delivery
A lecture based module.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Pre-requisites
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10,
Fieldwork Hours 14,
External Visit Hours 7,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students must pass all learning outcomes. The aggregation of failed Learning outcomes with passing learning outcomes to generate an overall pass mark is not permitted. Failure of one learning outcome will result in a Forced Fail (FF) outcome. Students are permitted two attempts to pass this course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between plants and people.
- demonstrate an understanding of the sustainable use of plant resources and their conservation.
- demonstrate an understanding of the use of laboratory techniques to evaluate plant material for potential utilisation.
|Indicative Bibliography |
Campbell-Culver, M (2001) Origin of Plants: the people & the plants that have shaped Britain. Headline, London. Robinette, G O (1972) Plants, people & environmental quality. Dept. of Interior. Rackham, O (1976) Trees & woodland in the British landscape. Dent. Rackham, O (2003) Ancient woodland: its history, vegetation & uses in England. Castlepoint. Tuxill, J & Nabhan, J & Paul, G (2001) People, Plants, & Protected Areas: a guide to in situ management. Earthscan, London.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Landscape Institute criteria: physical and natural environment.
|Keywords||SOCIETY, SUSTAINABILITY, PLANT UTILISATION AND CONSERVATION
|Course organiser||Mr John Stuart-Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5798
|Course secretary||Mrs Margaret Dingsdale
Tel: 0131 651 5803
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