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FOR 398

  FOR 398 : The Class
Indigenous Conservation Knowledge 


FOR 398 Syllabus






Meeting time and place: 8:00 - 9:15 TTH Bldg. 65 Rm. 102/Tuesdays are lecture days.

Keams Canyon, Tuba City, Flagstaff

Instructor: Dr. Thom Alcoze

SFSC Office #128

Phone: 523-5972


Required Text: Indians, Fire and the Land. 1999. Robert Boyd Ed.
Required Reading: Selected articles and reprints as assigned.

Required Reading: Selected articles and reprints as assigned


Course Description:
Traditional wisdom and indigenous conservation knowledge are constrasted with contemporary resource management and modern forestry practices in this introductory course offered in cooperation with the Native American Forestry Program. A major focus of the course will be to illustrate resource management strategies practiced by indigenous cultures. Traditional land use relationships and cultural knowledge will be examinined from the perspectives of ecology, contemporary management theory and modern social/cultural orientations. Native American professionals associated with the management of natural resources will be present as invited speakers and guests.

Course Format: Focused dialogue and discussion based on readings, class presentations and web based assignments.

Reading assignments will be selected for review prior to each class session and applied to the discussion.

Course Evaluation:
Mid-term Paper 50%
Final Exam 40%
Participation 10%

University Policies: See attached

Spring 2000 Course Schedule:
Jan. 18 Introductions Course Overview, Topics summary, Syllabus,

Jan. 25 Indigenous Land Use Practices, Relationships and Management Systems

Feb. 1 Ecological Principles succession, carrying capacity, edge effect, competition

Feb. 8 Fire Ecology Fires of spring

Feb. 15 Indigenous burning Practices Comparative strategies and Impacts

Feb. 22 First Nations Perspectives on Living with the land-Film "Get Real or Get Lost"

Feb. 29 Restoration Ecology-Indigenous Peoples Restoration Network

Midterm Essay Due

March 1 Ecological Restoration - Reference Condition Historic Environmental Conditions

Spring Break

March 14 Kaibab Paiute Restoration Project

March 21 Native American Environmental Management-Native American Forestry Program

March 28 Pueblo Land Use and Management Practices

April 4 Tewa Land Use Relationships

April 11 Sustainable Development-Cultural Models, Strategies and Methods

April 18 Education for Sustainability

April 25 Economics of Resource Redistribution

May 2 Last Class - Synthesis and Review - Course Evaluation

May 9 Final Exam

Northern Arizona Policy Statements

Safe Environment Policy NAU's Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy seeks to prohibit discrimination and promote the safety of all individuals with the university. The goal of this policy is to prevent the occurrence of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status and to prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault, or retaliation by anyone at this university.

You may obtain a copy of this policy from the college dean's office. If you have concerns about this policy, it is important that you contact the departmental chair, dean's office, the Office of Student Life (523-5181), the academic ombudsperson (523-9368), or NAU's Office of Affirmative Action (523-3312).

Students with Disabilities If you have a learning and/or physical disability, you are encouraged to make arrangements for class assignments/exams so your academic performance will not suffer because of the disability or handicap. If you have questions about special provisions for students with disabilities, contact the Counseling and Testing Center (523-2261).

It is your responsibility to register with the Counseling and Testing Center. Application for services should be made at least eight weeks before the start of the semester. If the Counseling and Testing Center verifies your eligibility for special services, you should consult with your instructor during the first week in the semester so appropriate arrangements can be made. Concerns related to noncompliance with appropriate provisions should be directed to the Disability Support Services coordinator in the Counseling and Testing Center.

Institutional Review Board Any study involving observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAU-including a course project, report, or research paper-must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects in research and research-related activities. The IRB meets once each month. Proposals must be submitted for review at least fifteen working days before the monthly meeting. You should consult with your course instructor early in the course to ascertain if your project needs to be reviewed by the IRB and/or to secure information or appropriate forms and procedures for the IRB review. Your instructor and department chair or college dean must sign the application for approval by the IRB. The IRB categorizes projects into three levels depending on the nature of the project: exempt from further review, expedited review, or full board review. If the IRB certifies that a project is exempt from further review, you need not resubmit the project for continuing IRB review as long as there are no modifications in the exempted procedures.

A copy of the IRB Policy and Procedures Manual is available in each department's administrative office and each college dean's office. If you have questions, contact Carey Conover, Office of Grant and Contract Services, at 523-4889.

Academic Integrity The university takes an extremely serious view of violations of academic integrity. As members of the academic community, NAU's administration, faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to promoting an atmosphere of honesty and are committed to maintaining the academic integrity essential to the educational process. Inherent in this commitment is the belief that academic dishonesty in all forms violates the basic principles of integrity and impedes learning.

It is the responsibility of individual faculty members to identify instances of academic dishonesty and recommend penalties to the department chair or college dean in keeping with the severity of the violation. Penalties may range from verbal chastisement to a failing grade in the course. The complete policy on academic integrity is in Appendix F of NAU's Student Handbook.

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