B CUSP 116
Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective; builds creative and critical skills of writing, analysis, and quantitative reasoning; and explores, through scientific methods, one aspect of the natural world. Offered: W.
Course subtitle: "Weaving Ecological and Cultural Diversity" This inquiry course will help students understand the connections between ecosystems and indigenous cultures and ultimately understand that cultural diversity is dependent on ecological diversity. Examples of this connection will be covered, especially in North America. The entry point to the student's independent inquiry will be a cultural item of woven plant (or animal) material. Students will investigate the ecological context and cultural context of the item, identify the key connections between those contexts, and consider the effects of changes that have occurred to ecosystems and indigenous cultures in the last two centuries.
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Lectures, readings, guest speakers, and guided individual research during class time as well as independent research outside of class.
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