In this course, students will embark on a journey to explore and compare the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and Western science understand and interact with the natural world. A learner centered approach will provide students with the means to bridge two worlds in many occupations in the natural resource fields. Through a lens of Blue Ecology, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of knowledge systems and how they shape our relationship with nature, in hopes of addressing climate change.
Welcome to “Sense the Spirit: Comparing Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science” course.
Sense the Spirit
Comparing Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science.
Interweaving Knowledge Systems
In this module, students will delve into the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and Western science have historically interacted and influenced each other. This module will also introduce the concept of Blue Ecology and the five principles it is based on.
This module will focus on the differences and similarities between Indigenous and Western approaches to sustainability. Students will explore the concept of sustainable survival and how it differs from sustainable development.
In addition to the course modules, students will be required to complete a project aimed at reducing consumerism using the five principles of Blue Ecology. This project will provide students with practical skills to encourage societal level conscious consumerism.
We hope that this course will inspire and empower students to make a positive impact on the environment. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper appreciation for the diversity of knowledge systems and a newfound reverence for the spirit of nature. Join us and be part of a movement to shape a more sustainable future!
- Journal and Chapter articles on “Blue Ecology” by Michael Blackstock
- “The Earth Summit: Challenges of Peace and Development” by Miguel Darcy de Oliveira
- “Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and its Transformations” edited by Harriet Nahanee and Rick Colbourne
- “Youth, the Environment, and Sustainable Development: An International Perspective” edited by J. Timmons Roberts and Meredeth Turshen
- “Conscious Consumerism: A Guide for the Next Generation” by J.C. Huntington