Plants and Human Well-being

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Irwin Goldman

open to transfer students

Plants and Human Well-being
Lecture 1, 3:00–5:00 W
Plants and Human Well-being (discussion section of Horticulture 350)
Lecture 1, 9:55–10:45 F
General Botany
Lecture 1, 8:50–9:40 MWF; Lab 302, 9:55–11:50 MW; Discussion 602, 2:25–3:15 R
Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
Lecture 2, 11:00–11:50 TR; Discussion 328, 2:25–3:15 T

Horticulture 350: “Plants and Human Well-being” (and its discussion section Horticulture 375) focuses on various aspects of well-being associated with plants, plant materials, landscapes, and plant products, including aesthetics, food, medicine, fiber, art, psychoactive substances, and stimulants. This course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and short field trips and will allow students to build a sense of community while also helping integrate content from the other courses in the FIG.

Botany 130: “General Botany” will provide helpful scientific foundations from plant science to support our analysis. Together with Anthropology 104: “Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity”, these will allow students to engage in a deep exploration of how society and plants connect to human well-being. The goal is to show how plants and plant materials are woven into the fabric of human well-being. You will gain deeper knowledge of the form and function of these unique organisms and extend this knowledge into other aspects of human health and culture. This FIG is likely to appeal to students interested in horticulture, biology and food systems, medicine and public health, human cultural diversity, and geography.

Botany 130: “General Botany” — Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of the biology of plants. An integrative approach stressing evolutionary sequences and the relationship between structure and function at succeeding levels of organization: molecule, cell, organism, population, community.

Anthropology 104: “Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity” — A comparative cross-cultural consideration of social organization, economics, politics, language, religion, ecology, gender, and cultural change.