HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 007 Paging Dr. Darwin: The Evolutionary Basis of Disease
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors
Class Misc Info:
Minicourse meeting Sept. 18-Nov. 20. (Drop/Add deadline=Oct. 2.)..
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In some form or another, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol affect as many as 50 million Americans, and cost the healthcare industry billions of dollars every year. But where do these diseases come from? Why have they become so prevalent in our society, especially within the last century?

In this 1-credit course, students will examine the evolutionary bases for afflictions ranging from diabetes to hypertension to colon cancer to Alzheimer’s. We will use ideas from evolutionary biology as a framework for examining why, for example, the human body forms deadly intravascular blood clots that can cause heart attack and stroke. In addition to learning about the causes and mechanisms of these diseases, we will look at how modern medicine approaches these problems from an evolutionary standpoint.

Classes will meet one hour per week and will consist of a short (15 – 20 minute) presentation delivered by the instructor on the topic of the day, followed by class discussion of the material. Each day we’ll cover a different disease, examining both their biological and evolutionary bases, as well as the strategies medical science has come up with to combat them. Short, non-technical readings will be assigned each week to prepare students for discussion.

This course will require no background knowledge in physiology or medicine; all readings will be geared to the layperson and any necessary background information will be provided. This course is intended for anyone with a curiosity about why human beings fall part, and what modern medicine can and can’t do about it.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20349
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on Sept. 19
002 (SEM)
P
24158
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 11
003 (SEM)
P
20350
Open
1
3LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 18
004 (SEM)
P
20351
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 12
005 (SEM)
P
21528
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 17
006 (SEM)
P
21537
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 12
007 (SEM)
P
22823
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 18
008 (SEM)
P
24159
Open
2
3LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 10
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