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BIO 35: Sustainability and Civilization (HISTORY 35, POLISCI 35)

Our civilization faces multiple sustainability challenges. Climate change often dominates public conversation, but in fact, a whole range of environmental, economic, political, and cultural trends threaten the structures that sustain the societies we know. These problems cannot be understood in isolation, because they interact in complex ways. Solving them will require collaboration across many different fields, from the natural and social sciences to the humanities. This one-unit course brings together over two dozen faculty from across the entire university for a series of interdisciplinary conversations around cross-cutting themes. Our aim is to encourage dialogue and perhaps even future collaborations among students and professors who might otherwise rarely interact in a classroom. All students are welcome, but frosh and sophomores may find the course especially useful as an introduction to a wide range of sustainability-related disciplines and teachers at Stanford.
Terms: Win | Units: 1

BIO 35N: Catching up with Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Traditional ecological knowledge--the knowledge developed and maintained by local communities over many generations about their natural environment--is increasingly recognized as fundamental to solving environmental problems. In this seminar, we will explore some of the cutting-edge research on traditional ecological knowledge and its conceptual and practical role in ensuring environmental sustainability. We will address some key questions. For example, what makes traditional ecological knowledge different from Western science? What led to the recent increase in Western scientists' appreciation of traditional ecological knowledge? How can traditional ecological knowledge inform environmental sustainability in a world that is undergoing rapid climate change, land use change, and biological invasion? And how can Western science complement traditional ecological knowledge to achieve sustainability? The core of this seminar will be discussion based on reading of primary articles. We will also have field trips and learn from guest speakers.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA
Instructors: Fukami, T. (PI)
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