ANTHRBIO 297 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
Section: 201 Darwin, MD: Evolution and Health
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

  • Can a cough, fever, and runny nose actually be good for you?
  • Why is it a bad idea to take antibiotics for a cold?
  • Can a parasite infection protect us from other diseases?
  • Why is childbirth so dangerous for women and babies?
  • Can your size at birth predict your risk for disease later in life?
  • Why do we age?

These are just some questions that this class of "evolutionary investigators" will explore. Using an evolutionary framework to develop scientific hypotheses, we will make inquiry into the origins and causes of illness in human populations around the world. Investigators will use a variety of methods — lecture, readings, film, discussion, in-class assignments, critical reaction papers and two exams — to track down evolutionary explanations for disease.

There will be two required textbooks for this course: Evolution in Health and Disease (S. Stearns, ed.; 2nd edition) and Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine (R. Nesse and G. Williams). Students will not be expected to have prior background in evolution or biomedicine.

ANTHRBIO 297 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
Schedule Listing
201 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
202 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0199207461
Evolution in health and disease, Author: edited by Stephen Stearns and Jacob C. Koella., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2007
ISBN: 0679746749
Why we get sick : the new science of Darwinian medicine, Author: Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st ed. 1994
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