This course is an introduction to genes, disease, and culture. It will introduce students to basic concepts in human genetics, will expand upon the evolutionary genetics concepts learned in Anthrbio161, and will survey both inherited and infectious disease on a global-level. Students will be exposed to a wide range of topics including gene-culture co-evolution, niche construction theory, cultural perceptions of disease, cultural selection, biological and environmental determinism, and the evolutionary origins of disease. The class structure will be broken down into four sections including, genes and genomes, Mendelian disease, complex disease, and infectious disease. By way of discussion section, students will complete activities that reinforce the concepts covered in lecture and will discuss selected readings that integrate cultural perceptions with biological/genetic phenomena.
Student grades will be based on three exams, one paper, and weekly participation in discussion section.
Juniors, Evolutionary Anthropology or Medical Anthropology, pre-Medicine, Nursing, students interested in careers in public health or global health, BS students
The class format is three hours lecture and one hour of discussion section per week.