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The study of the interaction between plants and humans is ethnobotany, from ‘ethno’ (the study of people) and ‘botany’ (the study of plants). It is an interdisciplinary subject which can also include elements of anthropology, human geography, biological conservation, pharmacology and nutrition. This is an introductory course that looks at ethnobotany from a world perspective. It also explores the relationship between plants and Māori in New Zealand/Aotearoa while looking at comparable examples of traditional botanical and ecological knowledge found in other indigenous and local cultures.
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.
Topics covered include:
Access to a computer, the Internet and email.
There are no set texts for this course.
Assessment 100% In-course.