Courses

Every year we offer a different selection of courses in the arts and sciences. We encourage students to try something new and hope that arts students will take a science course, and science students will enroll in an arts course. Continue to check back for our 2007 safari course selection. We will also have a schedule of when during the semester each course will be offered, closer to departure time. Course numbers will be assigned by Makerere University closer to our departure date.

NOTE: Students must register for at least 3 courses, with a maximum of 5. Students should also consider balancing their academic load so that they have time for extra-curricular activities.

Course numbers noted below are those of Makerere University. The first three letters denote the department in which the course received credit, the first number indicates third year level and the second number indicates the second semester.COURSES FOR BOTH ARTS AND SCIENCE STUDENTS

Guided Independent Studies – Senior students often organize, with a faculty member from their home institution, a study/project relevant to their personal academic program. A professor from the field school often volunteers to oversee and guide this student while in the field. The onus is on the student to take an active role in organizing the project, but interested students should contact Dr. Brian Hartwick for advice, hartwick@sfu.ca, ph: 604-291-4802.

HIS 3251 : Peoples and Cultures of East Africa – This course will present an examination of the major cultural groups of East Africa, with emphasis on the regions visited by the field school. This will include an introductory overview of the peopling of East Africa, emergence of ethnic groups and the evolution of the human use of natural resources.
No prerequisites.

Peoples and Cultures Course Syllabus

HIS 3252: Natural History of East Africa – This course will emphasize the biological and geographical opportunities presented by the game drives, bird walks, guest lectures, specimen collecting, work sheets and projects.
No prerequisites.

Natural History of East Africa Course Syllabus

SCIENCE COURSES

ZOO 3252: Wildlife Conservation – This course will start with the principles of population dynamics and habitat use, and discuss application of some of the principles of wildlife management to maintain the balance between human and wildlife needs.
Prerequisites: First year Biology, or permission of instructor.

Wildlife Conservation Course Syllabus

ZOO 3251: Animal Behaviour – This course will examine animal behaviour: its diversity, evolution and adaptive value, its ecology, and its mechanisms. In Africa we will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the enormous diversity of animals and their behaviours in a natural setting, and to consider the relationship between an animal’s environment, its life history patterns, and its behaviour.
Prerequisite: One term of Ecology, or permission of the instructor.

Animal Behavior Course Syllabus

ZOO 3500: Marine Biology – This course explores the marine environment [geological history, physical/chemical oceanography], reviews basic ecological principles in a marine setting,and provides background and hands-on experience in order to understand the nature of marine communities/ecosystems and the processes affecting them. Special attention will be given to local East African coastal ecosystems including open water, rocky shores, coral reefs, seagrass and mangroves .
Prerequisite: First year Biology, or permission of the instructor.

Marine Biology Course Syllabus

CRS 3250: Sustainable Tropical Agroforestry: Science and Practice – A study of the physiology and ecology of tropical crop species and their integration into a sustainable farming system. Emphasis will be placed on small-holder “low-input” agriculture aimed at increasing food security and enhancing environmental resilience. The experiential learning component of the course will involve field trips to research stations, agricultural estates, and small-holder farms. Recommended for students interested in international development.
Prerequisite: First year Biology, or permission of instructor.

Tropical Agroforestry Course Syllabus

BOT 3250: Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of East Africa – An introductory study of the practice of using traditional plant remedies in East Africa. The focus of this course will be on Ugandan systems and will include site visits to institutions in and around Kampala.
Prerequisites: First year Biology, or permission of the instructor.

Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of East Africa Course Syllabus

BIOL 3XX: Natural Chemicals in the Environment – Many organisms produce a diversity of defensive compounds to ward off predators and parasites. Others use venom to capture or subdue prey. These toxins act on a variety of physiological targets and many have been used by humans for medicinal or religious purposes. We will explore the role of chemicals mediating interactions between organisms and their environment. In some cases these compounds have found application in pest and wildlife management, or the modification of human behaviour.
Prerequisite: One semester of first year Biology, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 3XX: Entomology – This is an introductory course to the evolution, morphology, ecology and diversity of the insects. Taking the course while travelling in Africa offers an unparalleled opportunity to study the most diverse group of organisms on Earth first-hand, as we encounter them in the field.
Prerequisite: First year Biology, or permission of instructor.

BIOL 3XX: Herpetology – Principles of biology as exemplified by amphibians and reptiles, including the origins and evolution of amphibians and reptiles, their reproduction and development, communication and social behaviour, physiology, venoms and defensive strategies, locomotion, ecology, population biology and conservation.
Prerequisite: First year Biology, or permission of instructor.

BIOL 3XX: Ornithology – An introductory study of the biology of birds. The emphasis will be on behaviour, reproduction, morphology and ecology. Bird walks will help to acquaint you with local birds.
Prerequisites: Ecology or Vertebrate Biology or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 3XX: Environmental Physiology – An examination of the physiological responses of animals and humans to the environment. Emphasis will be placed on basic mechanisms and principles of biochemical and physiological adaptation and the exercise physiology as a window on the diversity of human physiology.
Prerequisite: First year Biology, or permission of instructor.

BIOL XXX: Experimental Design – The purpose of this class is to introduce students who have previously taken formal classes in statistics to the practice and pitfalls of experimental design and data analysis in biology. Using many real examples, especially from the ecological literature, the class examines how experiments should be designed and analyzed in different situations, with emphasis on potential problems and how they may be overcome.
Prerequisite: First year Biology and a Statistics course, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 4XX: Ethnobotany, Nutrition and Health– The nature and ecological significance of food and medicinal plants in traditional subsistence systems; scientific, institutional and ethnical issues in ethnobotany; evaluation, application and management of plants and Indigenous Knowledge of plants to address contemporary health and nutrition problems.
Prerequisites: First year Biology, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 3XXBiological Invasions – In this course, we will address biological invasions primarily within an ecological framework, i.e. study population dynamics, community structure, food web complexity and biodiversity in relation to alien invaders. Throughout the programme, we will emphasise examples of invaders into East Africa and Canada, but include case studies of invasive species from all ecosystems and all over the world.
Prerequisites: First year Biology, or permission of the instructor.ARTS COURSES

DES 3251: Sustainable International Development – An integrated and interdisciplinary overview of the factors affecting long-term viability of development and the prospect of achieving sustainable development in Africa at the start of the 21st century – with reference to events in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania and other parts of Africa. Recommended for students interested in international development.
Prerequisite: One year of Anthroplogy or Political Science or Cultural Geography, or permission of the instructor. Click here for a more detailed course description.

Sustainable International Development Course Syllabus

GEO 3251: Environmental Geography – This course offered to third year students aims at creating an understanding of the changing environmental conditions in the region of eastern Africa, with a special focus on Uganda. It draws on aspects of physical geography including environmental issues, resources and management. Special themes to be covered include environmental change, environmental hazards, hydrological processes and pollution, population and development.
Prerequisites: Introductory physical geography or ecology and introductory cultural geography or anthropology, or permission of instructor.

Environmental Geography Course Syllabus

ANTH 3XXEnvironment, Development and Social change in East Africa – This course begins with an overview of East African environments and major forms of land use. It examines the environmental and economic effects of changes in organism practises and the development experience. It will also examine the important consequence of the change in legal status of land, from common and state to private property.
Prerequisites: One course in Environmental Studies or in Anthropology or permission of instructor.

ANTH 3XXOld World Palaeolithic Archaeology – The archaeology of early human evolution spanning the period from the emergence of the first tool-using hominids to the end of the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. Topics to be covered include: Lower and Upper Palaeolithic Archaeology, adaptations of early hominids, emergence and spread of modern humans, Upper Palaeolithic technology and symbolism.
No prerequisites.

These courses will be updated and new courses will be added. Please check back frequently as we approach departure time.