Environmental Studies 321: History and Ethnobiology of the Silk Roads

Credits 4
Credit Type
Semester Offered
H. Dobson and Dott

This interdisciplinary and interdivisional course will provide an integrative exploration into the environmental history and ethnobiology of peoples along various branches of the trading routes across Asia known as the silk roads, with an emphasis on China prior to 1400. Topics focus on how local environments shaped how people lived, including: how, where and why people moved; what goods and technologies were traded; how trade impacted agricultural, social and religious practices; what key biological features underlay the movement along the silk road of items such as foods, beverages, fibers, animals, and diseases. May be elected as History 321, but must be elected as Environmental Studies 321 to satisfy the Interdisciplinary course requirement for Environmental Studies majors.

Distribution Area
Students entering Fall 2024 or later: Global Cultures and Languages (GCL)
Students entering Fall 2024 or later: Studying the Past (STP)