ANTHRBIO 167 - Evolution, Environment, and Global Health
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Earth is on the brink of the Sixth extinction event, which is predicted to be more devastating than the asteroid impact in Mexico that ended the reign of the dinosaurs. Scientific evidence shows that humans are the cause. Anthropology is the discipline that seeks to understand human behavior both in the present and in the evolutionary past. It can uniquely contribute to understanding how we got here and what we need to do.

Unfortunately, few Americans have a good understanding of evolution, which is an exciting area of research that has taken great strides since Darwin. In the first unit of this course, students will learn how to argue with anyone on the evidence for evolution. They will learn the cornerstones of natural selection theory and how 21st century evolutionary anthropologists and psychologists apply them to human behavior. They will be able to answer questions, such as: How do genes and the environment interact to make us who we are?

In the second unit, students will study the global environmental challenges of loss of biodiversity, climate change, scarcity of food and water, population growth, and renewable energy. The solution to these global challenges will require an evolutionarily informed understanding of human motivation, linking the second unit to the first.

The third unit will examine the consequences of our evolved biology and our planetary impact for pressing issues in the area of global health. The focus will be on non-communicable diseases, as these now comprise an increasing share in the global burden of disease. Students will study the novel insights gained from evolutionary approaches to medicine and how inequality in access to resources shapes disparities in health between people and populations.

Course requirements will develop students' abilities as active thinkers and problem-solvers. Evidenced-based writing is a key component, as are regular quizzes and problem-solving exercises. The students of this course, and others like it, are the leaders of tomorrow.

ANTHRBIO 167 - Evolution, Environment, and Global Health
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30526
Open
18
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISCUSSION SECTION WILL BE AUTO-ENROLLED IN THE LECTURE.
002 (DIS)
P
30527
Open
2
 
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M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
30528
Open
5
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
30529
Open
5
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
30530
Closed
0
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
30531
Open
4
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
30532
Open
2
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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