BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SCIE-061 - Ecoliteracy -

SCIE-061 - Ecoliteracy -

Course Details
This course introduces students to Ecoliteracy. Being ecologically literate or ecoliterate means understanding the basic principles of ecological communities and being able to embody the principle in the daily use of Aboriginal communities. This course utilizes an ecological learning framework based on traditional First Nations community processes and developed by the Centre for Ecoliteracy. Concepts are taught by immersing students in the local ecosystem. Students will engage in fieldwork including mapping and restoration projects.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Prerequisites : INST 050, SCIE 040, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent.
    Office Hours: 1.5
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final Exam 30-50% TOTAL 100% Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the traditional NSILX world view in relation to the local ecology;

  • define and apply the following fundamental concepts to their lives, networks, nested systems, cycles, flows, development and dynamic balance;

  • relate Ecoliteracy concepts to the local drainage system;

  • analyze the human impact on natural systems;

  • understand and apply restoration methodologies in riparian areas;

  • compare traditional ecological knowledge to scientific explanations of the local drainage system; and,

  • understand why certain species are at risk and other species thrive in an ecosystem.
  • Text and Materials: Capra, Frijof. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems. New York; Anchor, 1996.
    Crabtree, M. Ecoliteracy: Mapping the Terrain. Berkely: Center for Ecoliteracy, 2000.
    Other Resources: Okanagan Traditional Science Council, the local ecosystem, particularly the riparian conservation site being developed through Enowkin Centre and South Okanagan Society, Elders and Environmental groups associated with the Enowkin Centre.
    Transfer Credits: Refer to the ABE Articulation Handbook.
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