ETHNOECOLOGY: the way in which people understand and participate in human-plant-animal-natural interactions. People acquire Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and, in successful systems, pass on knowledge and cultural means of coping with ecological concerns. In this course we examine ethnoecological issues and case studies under four broad frameworks: ecoliteracy, native viewpoints, biocultural diversity, and ecosystem management.


This mixed undergraduate/graduate-level course is taught every other year in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, by Dr. Gail E. Wagner. The first several times the course was offered were in the Fall semester, but beginning in 2011, it was offered in the Spring, affording an opportunity to link the course content/assignments with participation in the National Phenology Network (NPN) collection of data.
 Please find our 2011 syllabus and assignments, as well as our earlier 2008 syllabus and reading assignments.
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