EEB445 Ethnobotany Syllabus

University of Toronto, Winter 2015

About This Course

The roles of plants in human societies including modern ethnobotanical research and its methods; ethnobotanists, and ethnobotany as a career; plant products, cultural uses and perceptions of plants; folk taxonomy, and scientific plant taxonomy. Students will deliver two oral presentations, one on either a methodological topic or on a plant, plant product, or a cultural interpretation of a plant or plant product. The other will be on an ethnobotanist and their career. One of these two presentations will be researched further, so as to write a term paper on the topic.