Fall 2010 Manoa

Fall 2010 Class - Manoa

This schedule is organized by 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.  "Lecture" content is delivered as videos noted below, and may be watched on-line 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.  

Watch the lecture videos and do the readings, BEFORE you come to class. 

Each week please turn in one typed paragraph for each video you watch, answering the following questions:  
(1) What did you learn from the lecture about the relationship between people and plants?  
(2) How does what you learned apply to your own life? Include at least one example

This should demonstrate that you thought critically about what you watched, as well as serve as a study aid for your exams.

Each week bring at least one plant to class that fits with the theme of the week and is culturally,economically  or personally important to you or your family

BOT 105 Schedule
Fall 2010 ( NOT final)

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & "Segues" (assignments to turn in)
(note: lab is a separate course with its own website!)

Extra Credit



1) Read over the syllabus handed out the first day of class and familiarize yourself with the course website.

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


Aug 23/24

1. Opening Oli

2. Introduction

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips

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

2) Library & Information Science


B.Library reference materials

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & Segues


Who Leads? People or Plants?

Balick & Cox 1996 pages 1-23

Plants & Migrations

Aug 31/Sept1

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

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & Segues


An Ocean in Mind

Research question for your final paper due on July 14

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

Fruits & Vegetablesif you have not gone yet to Foster Garden you should go on your own!

Sept 7/8

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



WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


What's Really for Dinner:
Major Crops

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

Home Gardens
Sept 14/15

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

Nutrition    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.

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & Segues


 Field-Trips & Extra Credit


The Spice of Life

Foster Garden Worksheet due on July 19 

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



Sept 21/22

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

Marine Biology 

Please bring food to class this week, ideally containing limu (seaweed).

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips and Extra Credit


Kava and ceremonial beverages

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

Spices, Flavors & Essential Oils

Sept 28/29

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 about it before coming to class, so you will be able to make an informed decision about whether or not to drink it.

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & Segues


I'll Drink to That! Plant Chemistry and Spices

Balick & Cox 1996 pages 145-177 

Complete your Community Resource visit.

Oct 5/6

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

A. Plant Pathology
B. Mycology 


Oct 12/13 -   MID-TERM EXAMINATION        All readings, discussions & videos 
WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


So Bitter, So Strong!
Visiting a Community Resource Worksheet Due by July 28

Balick & Cox 1996 pages 25-52


Oct 19/20


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




WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


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

Oct 26/27               

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

Sustainable Agriculture

 July 31 Saturday, 2:30 pm  B. P. Bishop Museum, inside Hawaiian Hall (R. vestibule).  There is a 45 minutes planetarium show at 1:30 pm.

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


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 

Herbal Medicine

Nov 9/101. A Plant Walk with Hula Plants
2. Kuo Hina E Hiapo
3. Felted Bark: Kapa/Tapa 
Recollection of a Family Tradition 
A. Plant Anatomy
B. Mathematics and Music

WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory (Tues/Wed) Field-Trips


 Folk Taxonomy
Bishop Museum Worksheet Due by August 4
Abbott 1992 pages 64-70
Cloth, Fibers & Cordage
Nov 16/17

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



WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


Home Is Where the Heart Is
Written Interview Assignment due
by August 6, 5 pm; must be sent as an MS Word or WordPerfect document attachment (NO pdf!) to 
Abbott 1992 pages 64-70 
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 99-143
Lo'i, Community Gatdens, Landscapes 

Nov 23/24

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



WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


Saving Culture and the Environment
All Extra Credit Due
by August 9
Balick & Cox 1996 pages 128-132 and 179-208Ecology & Conservation none


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


WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory Field-Trips


Faith and Science

Due by e-mail August 11: One 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 113-118Project Presentations none
Dec 7/8
1. Ethics 
2. Buddhism and Plants 
3. Christianity and Plants
Segue Evaluation (conclusion)
WeekDiscussion Topics & VideosReadings & SeguesLaboratory 

Dec 13-17


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

Project Presentations