MAT5300EN - Methods in Ethnomathmatics

Course description

Topics covered: general philosophy on measuring and counting, number system (spoken and written numbers), elementary number theory (number words, number base, modular arithmetic), fractions, estimations, geometry. These concepts will be studied from a historical perspective spanning from the early civilization, the Greek period, Hindus and Arabs, Europe and modern mathematical activities in United States, Russia, China, India and Japan

How this course benefits students

Students need to familiarize themselves with the connection between mathematics and culture. This course will engage students to understand this connection.

Why this course is important

Any student who wants to understand the relationship between mathematics and culture need to take ethnomathematics.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Bismark Oduro, Senior Professor of Biomathematics

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will engage students to recognize the significance of mathematics in the world. Mathematics illustrates the beauty of God and supports his existence. The course will be taught from a Christian perspective.

Missionally driven

Everyone needs to recognize mathematics as an integral part of God's creation. Mathematics provides insight into God's work. It is essential for every missional students to have background in mathematics.

Contextually informed

A continuation of MAT 2300.

Interculturally focused

To strengthen and expand students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and world cultures

Practically minded

Students will be able to make comparisons between ethnomathematics and academic mathematics. Students will be able to understand the role of culture in the study of mathematics.

Experientially transformed

The course will engage students to understand the relationship between mathematics and culture.