Indigenous Sci Western Sci (INDG 241.3)

Recent/Current Offerings

Syllabus / Public content Section Term Instructor
INDG 241 92 January 2019 Jeff Baker
INDG 241 U15 September 2018 Kathleen McMullin
INDG 241 87 May 2018 Jeff Baker
INDG 241 91 September 2017 Jeff Baker
INDG 241 U15 September 2017 Kathleen McMullin
INDG 241 E50 July 2016
INDG 241 27 May 2016
INDG 241 E57 May 2016


What is science? Is Indigenous knowledge scientific knowledge? These and related questions are addressed in this course through an exploration of Indigenous and Western scientific ways of understanding nature and the universe. The course is designed to develop students' scientific literacy and cultural competence, providing a foundation for future learning and/or work with science and Indigenous peoples. Special attention will be paid to the ways that these knowledge systems situate humans in relation to the natural world. This class uses online learning; readings; classroom discussions; field experiences; and visits with Elders, scientists, and knowledge keepers to explore the tensions, complementarities, and combined possibilities of Indigenous and Western science.


This intensive course utilizes online learning, classroom learning, and three full days of land-based experiential learning (one urban and two wilderness days). Students enrolling in this course will be responsible for providing their own transportation, food, and other equipment as required. Students with credit for NS 241 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled NS 241 until 2015.


NS 107.3 or INDG 107.3 and 3 additional credit units from ANTH, ARCH, ECON, GEOG, INDG, LING, NS, POLS, PSY, SOC, or WGST

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