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SOAN0159

Human Origins and Biodiversity

Human Origins, Culture, and Biodiversity
This course will provide an overview of the field of physical anthropology. The topics to be addressed include the mechanisms of genetics and evolution, human variability and adaptation, our primate relatives and fossil ancestors (hominins), as well as bioarchaeology. Through a combination of lectures and discussions, we will explore human origins and the overall development of the species through time. Likewise, we will look at how language, art, and religion emerge as well as the interplay between environment and biology in human evolution. The course finishes by examining contemporary issues in human biodiversity, from molecular genetics and biotechnology to problematic categories like race, gender, and sexuality. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab. (Anthropology)
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2014

SOAN0159A-S14 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Y-S14 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Z-S14 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)

Spring 2012

SOAN0159A-S12 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159X-S12 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Y-S12 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Z-S12 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)

Spring 2010

SOAN0159A-S10 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Y-S10 Lab (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Z-S10 Lab (Fitzsimmons)

Fall 2007

SOAN0159A-F07 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Y-F07 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)
SOAN0159Z-F07 Discussion (Fitzsimmons)

Fall 2004

SOAN0159A-F04 Lecture (Eaton)
SOAN0159X-F04 Discussion (Eaton)
SOAN0159Y-F04 Discussion (Eaton)
SOAN0159Z-F04 Discussion (Eaton)