A new class, "Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Ethnoecology," is being offered spring semester.
The three-credit course will be taught on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. by Dr. Craig Gerlach. The course surveys the basic concepts of ethnoecology, which is the subject of new epistemological and methodological directions resulting from the rise of interdisciplinary linkages between and among the social, natural and ecological sciences, and by new interest in traditional or indigenous knowledge.
Ethnoecology for some is the scientific study of the way different groups of people in different locations understand the world around them, interact with the environment within which they live and how these interactions and relationships are spatially structured and sustained over time.
"We will cover all basic ares of the globe, review methods and techniques for collecting and analyzing ethnological data and draw examples from ethnobotany and ethnozoology," Gerlach said. "The new and emerging field of a different ethnoecology offers new insights into human-environment interactions and of the sacred and secular relationship of people to place."
The course is CCS F612. Gerlach can be reached at 474-6752.