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Type B: Social Sciences - Science in Indigenous America

Anthropology 4012 Science in Indigenous America
An exploration of the definition of science and the ways in which Western science has been (and is) employed as a tool of colonialism. Contradictions and complementarities between Western science and Indigenous knowledge will be examined by studying examples of community-based research. Drawing on research by archaeologists and Indigenous scholars, we will explore the many ways in which Indigenous peoples have sophisticated empirical knowledge of ‘scientific’ topics such as climate and environmental science, ecology, zoology, resource management, geology and paleontology, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering. In many cases, this Indigenous science developed and persisted over millennia.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Anthropology 1032 and Anthropology 1034 or permission of the Chair of the Department of Anthropology

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students in any program with 3rd year standing or higher, or permission of the Chair of the Department of Anthropology
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences