Spring 2010 Class - Manoa

This schedule is organized by week (Note that not all "weeks" are the same units because of holidays so be careful and check dates!). Students should attend the registered section after having read the materials assigned for the week. Click on the schedule topics in the green boxes below to get to the video, audio and other materials that should be reviewed for each class and laboratory section and for the examinations. Each student is registered to attend either a Tuesday OR a Wednesday recitation section. "Lecture" content is delivered as videos noted below and may be watched on-line, on DVDs, or at the University of Hawai`i Sinclair Library, Wong Media Center.  Please be patient when dowloading the videos online, it may take a while depending on your connection speed.  

**Each week please turn in 1 paragraph for each video you watch, answering the following questions:  What did you learn from the lecture about the relationship between people and plants?  How does what you learned apply to your own life?   This should demonstrate that you thought critically about what you watched, as well as serve as a study aid for your exams.**

BOT 105 Schedule
Spring 2010
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & "Segues" (assignments to turn in)
(note: lab is a separate course with its own website!)

Extra Credit


Introduction Introduction

Jan 11-15


Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


Ways of Knowing and of Learning

1) Read over the syllabus handed out in class and familiarize yourself with the course website

2) The Kauai Declaration and Salick et al. articles from the homepage

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and The Plants All Around Us.  Please bring clothes you can get dirty.

Jan 18-22      

(Note: watch these videos and do readings BEFORE you come to class.  Segues we do IN class and/or as homework after class as appropriate)

1. Opening Oli
2. Introduction

Turn in typed notes about these first two videos and a short paragraph for each video summarizing what you learned.  Include at least one example from your own life which follows the THEME/focus topic of the video.

Also bring at least 1 plant or plant product to class which is culturally, economically, or personally important.  Bonus points if it is food to share!

PLEASE BRING LAPTOP COMPUTERS TO CLASS!!!  (If you have one.  If not, we can share.)

We do these activities in class, with the follow-up as homework:

1) Casual and formal interviewing, discussion of final project/paper

2) Library & Information Science

Explore: http://www.hawaii.edu/sciref/botany105.html

Library reference materials

Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues


Who Leads? People or Plants?

Balick & Cox 1996 pages 1-23

Garden diversity and organic gardening

Jan 25-29

Today bring in an example of your favorite (locally available) plant.  Bonus points if you have cooked it into a food dish to share or made something else useful with it! 

1. Guns, Germs & Steel
2. Transported Landscapes
3. Origins of Plant Uses

Foster Garden Fieldtrip!  Meet Jill Jan 28 at 12 pm sharp in front of  Yogurtland on University to take bus (or go on your own...)
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues


An Ocean in Mind

Abbott 1992 pages 1-44
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 98-113

if you have not gone yet to Foster Garden you should go on your own!

Feb 1-5

Turn in your research question for your final paper

1. Evolution of Pacific Cultures
2. Lapita Toolkits
3. Canoe Plants: Five Pacific Trees
4. Crops in Pacific Island Cultures  




Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


What's Really for Dinner:
Major Crops

 Foster Garden Worksheet Due by Feb 9 or 10

Abbott 1992 pages 43-44
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 63-97
Chock 1968 pages 221-238


Feb 14 is Chinese New Year!  I bet you can find a cultural festival to attend this weekend to satisfy your Cultural Resource Fieldtrip requirement...
Feb 8-12

1. Wild Plant Foods
2. Origins of Agriculture
3. World Food Crops




Pacific Navigator Game


Final project discussion

Exam review session Monday Feb 15 (email Sean if you plan to attend!) 
6:  Feb 15-19 EXAM 1  
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues



 Field-Trips & Extra Credit


The Spice of Life


Abbott 1992 pages 45-48 and 93-96
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 132-141
Nguyen 2005 pages 185-196


Feb 22-26

Please bring food to lecture this week, ideally containing limu (seaweed)!

Also, lots of extra credit opps this week! 

1. Limu (Algae)
2. Cultural and Culinary Ethnobotanical Knowledge
3. Spices and Herbs

Marine Biology 


We will be eating rice in class today--please bring bowls and chopsticks or forks as well as other food to go with the extra rice.



Optional for extra credit: Feb 27, 9 am-12 pm volunteer with the Ethnobiology Society working in Kanewai Lo'i (taro patch at Hawaiian Studies) 

Optional for extra credit:    Feb 27 at Lyon Arboretum Chocolate Making and History class 1-3 pm

Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips and Extra Credit


Kava and ceremonial beverages

Abbott 1992 pages 42-43 and 113-116
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 160-164

Optional Extra Credit:  Wed 6:30 pm Dr. McClatchey talk about cider in Imin Center Auditorium

March 1-5

Please bring a cup to class today!!


1. Stimulating Beverages
2. Alcoholic Beverages
3. 'awa and Cultural Conservation

A. Psychology
B. Chemistry

We will be drinking 'awa in class today, so please read up about it before coming to class to make an informed decision about whether or not you will drink any!

  Guest speaker: Ethnobotanist and author Art Whistler (bring questions for him about his fieldwork and research experiences!!)

Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues


I'll Drink to That! Plant Chemistry and Spices

Balick & Cox 1996 pages 145-177



Community Resource!

March 8-12

Turn in an outline of your final interview paper including:

-Methodology? -Research question(s)?     -Interviewee(s)?

1. Entering Another World
2. Psychoactive Plants I
3. Psychoactive Plants II

A. Plant Pathology
B. Mycology 


Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


So Bitter, So Strong!

Visiting a Community Resource Worksheet Due by March 16 or 17

Balick & Cox 1996 pages 25-52

Abbott 1992 pages 97-104
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 53-61

March 15-19


1. Illness and Medicine in Cultural Settings
Making Sense of Plant Medicines
3. Herbal Remedies


Pharmacology (take home)





Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


Peaceful Warriors

 March 22-26

No class this week!!

I recommend watching these videos before Spring Break if you can so you can have the week free to refresh...

Spring Break!!


1. Polynesian Herbal Medicine
2. Rotuman Health Care
3. Hawaiian Health Care
4. Chinese Traditional Medicine
5. Medicinal Plants Dolpo, Nepal

 No class this week!

   March 28 Biship Museum special $5 admission Family Sunday
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


March 29 -April 2

Maintaining the Beat: Tapa, paper, cloth and cordage

Abbott 1992 pages 49-63 and 117-122
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 93-95 and 125-128

A. Plant Anatomy
B. Mathematics and Music

Bishop Museum! 
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory (Tues/Wed)  Field-Trips


 Folk Taxonomy
Bishop Museum Worksheet Due by April 6 or 7
Abbott 1992 pages 64-70

April 5-9

1. Why are Plants Useful to Us?
2. What Makes Plants Waterproof?
3. Taxonomy  


 14:  April 12-16 EXAM 2  
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


Home Is Where the Heart Is
Written Interview Assignment Due
by April 20 or 21
Abbott 1992 pages 64-70
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 99-143


April   19-23

1. Hawaiian Housing Materials
2. Shelter and Cultural Identification with Nature
3. Architecture & Historic Buildings
4. Home Gardens


Sustainable Agriculture

Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


Saving Culture and the Environment
All Extra Credit Due
by April 27 or 28
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 128-132 and 179-208

 April 26-30

1. Ethnoecology and Conservation
2. Ethnobotany and Conservation in Africa
3. Carving a Future: 10 lessons for sustainable woodcarving
4. Ethnobotany and Conservation in Micronesia


Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  Field-Trips


Faith and Science

Due by email May 3: 1 page summary of what you learned in the class, what you liked, what you would suggest to change, and grade you think you deserve so far.

Abbott 1992 pages 113-118
May 3-7 1. Ethics
2. Buddhism and Plants
3. Christianity and Plants
Segue Evaluation (conclusion)
Week Discussion Topics & Videos Readings & Segues Laboratory  


May 10-14

Final Exam (cumulative) 

All readings, discussions and videos since the mid-term exam

The FINAL EXAM is offered:
Tuesday May 11 at 9:45-11:45 am 
Friday May 14 9:45-11:45 am 
You may take the exam EITHER day
(yes they will be different from each other)


(Revised Aug 16, 2009)