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					                                        ETHNOBOTANY
                   ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 542/ANTHROPOLOGY 582
                                          SPRING 2008
                     Dr. Kelly Kindscher, 11:00-12:15 AM, WF, 159 Robinson
             Office: 135 Higuchi Hall, Phone: 864-1529; Office Hours, by appointment
                                    Email: kindscher@ku.edu

Date        Topic                                                Reading for class
January 18  What is Ethnobotany, Course Objectives, Prairie Ethnobotany
January 23  Jane Gibson—Anthropological Perspectives and Intro. Text Intro. pp.3-16
January 25  Plant Structures, Functions and Applications         Chapter 1 pp. 17-28
January 30  Medicinal Plant History                              Chapter 2 pp. 29-40
Febr. 1     Plants that Heal                                     Chapter 3 pp. 41-64
Febr. 6     Methods in Ethnobotanical Study                      Chapter 4 pp. 65-87
Febr. 8     Methods in Ethnobotanical Study, Part 2              Chapter 5 pp. 88-117
Febr. 13    Case Study: Ethnobotany of the Hoc k (Winnebago) tribe--KK
Febr. 15    Ethnobotany of a Species—Case Study of Echinacea, KK Chapter 6 pp. 118-142
Febr. 20    Bob Rankin--Ethno-linguistics
Febr. 22    Discussion Team: Intellectual Property rights: Jane, Alex, Hadley, Brenden,
            Temahsio                                             Chapter 7 pp.143-171
Febr. 27    Plants in Material Culture                           Chapter 8 pp. 172-183
Febr. 29    Maggie Riggs--Neem: Plant Patenting and Commerce Chapter 9 pp. 184-196
March 5     Paper Topic Due/ Traditional Phytochemistry          Chapter 10 pp. 197-213
March 7     Discussion Team:Hemp/Marijuana: Jim, Kellen, David 11 pp.214-242
March 12    Understanding Traditional Plant Use                  Chapter 12 pp. 243-282
March 14    Mid-term Exam
March 17-21 Spring Break
March 26    Applied Ethnobotany: Commercialization/Conserv. Chapter 13 pp. 283-306
March 28    Discussion Team: Plant Harvesting/San Francisco Peaks Nasbah, Alex, Aimee,
            Juliana                                              Chapter 14 pp. 307-320
April 2     Applied Ethnobotany in Sustainable Development
April 4     Discussion Team: Psychoactive plant & healers: Melissa, Aida, Neil, Gustavo
April 9     Ocoee Miller—An Herbalist’s Methods
April 11    Discussion Team: Pine Resin or Corn Andy, Nick, Conor, Jeremy
April 16    Case Study: Anti-Aids/Anti-Cancer Compounds in Plants
April 18    Discussion Team: Traditional Plant Cultivation: Sara, Jennifer, Bobby, Berrigan,
            England
April 23    Guest: Gary Nabhan—“On Ethnobotany”
April 25    Echinacea Conservation—KK
April 30    Discussion Team: Beer & EBot: Ashton, Rick, Don, Sonya
May 2       Guest: Mr. Tom King: A Chef’s view of Food, Local production and Ethnobotany
May 3       Bonus class on Saturday (not required): A local optional ethnobotanical field trip
            will be scheduled from 1-5 pm; meet at Computer Center parking lot--east side of
            building, just west of Illinois St.
May 7       Paper or Project Due/ Future work and ethnobotanical opportunities
Required Text: Paul E. Minnis. 2000. Ethnobotany, A Reader. University of Oklahoma Press.
Optional Text: Kelly Kindscher, 1992. Medicinal Plants of the Prairie--an Ethnobotanical
Guide. University Press of Kansas.

Course Criteria: Students are expected to actively participate in the class, read the textbook and
readings, and write a final paper. Most importantly, this class should stimulate a learning
environment for understanding the cultural use of plants and plant materials.

Attendance/Participation: Role will be taken for classes and attendance is part of the final
grade. Please try not to be late because it is disruptive to our classroom environment and you
may be counted as absent. Your participation in this class is important to making it more
interesting for all of us.

Examination: There will be one examination on March 14 that will cover material from the first
eleven chapters of the book and from lectures. There will be no final examination in the course;
instead there is a paper or project. The questions on the exam will be based on the material
presented in the lectures and in the textbook, and will be a mix of short answer and essay
questions. You will have the full 75 minutes of the scheduled period to complete the exam.

Paper/Project: Your paper should be (approximately) 10-15 pages double-spaced. The topic is
of your choice (with review from the instructor). Any of the topics used for the discussion
sessions or an original topic of your choice will be appropriate. Any topic will require more
research than what may be presented in class. Topics, with a three-sentence description and three
references are due at class on March 5. The three references must be books or journal articles,
web pages are not sufficient, although references can be found on the web. Also, any copying or
lifting sections of text from the internet are not allowed. Anyone who would like to know what
grade they will likely receive for their paper should also submit a 1-2 page outline on April 4 of
the material to be covered in the paper. I will then give the outline a grade for what a well-
written, 10-15 page paper would receive (this entire outline procedure is optional). Anyone who
wants to begin on this paper sooner can give me the appropriate materials before the end of the
semester. The final paper is due the last day of class on May 7. Electronic submissions are fine,
but must reach me before the last class, need to be sent as a .doc., .rtf. or .txt file extension, are
will be acknowledged when received.

Presentations: You will volunteer or be assigned to work with a small group to make a class
presentation and lead discussion on an ethnobotanical topic. The instructors will work with the
team to help find suitable presentation materials. The discussion team is encouraged to provide
written materials and make an outline to give to class participants at the class session before the
discussion or the materials can be posted on Blackboard if given to the instructor ahead of time.

Grading: Course grade allocation:
            Mid-term exam                      100 points
            Paper                              150 points
            Presentation/Participation         100 points
                    Total                      350 points

				
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