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Indigenous Gallagher: Knowledge, Botany, and Pharmaceuticals

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Botany, modern medicines, and indigenous knowledge



  • To introduce the core disciplinary structure of botany
  • To critically evaluate the ethical implications of patents
  • To introduce the concept of intellectual property and indigenous knowledge
  • To critically evaluate the distribution of wealth and resources from a Freiran perspective


Time Frame:

  • Questionnaire (10 minutes)
  • Pre-learning activity materials and reflection (30 minutes)
  • Asynchronous Discussion (40 minutes)
  • Post-discussion reflection and discussion (20 minutes)


Target Audience:

  • This activity is designed for undergraduate students in an introductory multidisciplinary science Life Sciences/Natural Science/Botanical Science class


Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define indigenous knowledge
  • Students will be able to identify the core requirements of patents
  • Students will be able to identify the basic framework of the botanical discipline, include type specimens
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the location of information sources related to indigenous knowledge, botany, and patents





1. Students should take the questionnaire

2. Students should review the pre-learning materials:

3. Students should find one example of indigenous knowledge related to plants and post the URL and a short description (a sentence or two) to the Discussion page.

4. Students should construct answers to the questions provided on the Discussion page.

5. If students have additional questions, they should post those as Comments on the Discussion page.




** Part of a larger course design for Plant Science Course Design: Plant Science


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