ANTHRBIO 167 - Evolution, Environment, and Global Health
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Details

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:

Description

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, invasive species, 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 pandemics and non-communicable diseases, as both 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.

Course Requirements:

Assessment for the lecture component of this entirely remote course will be mostly asynchronous through short answer and essay questions as well as a 1500 word term paper. Open book multiple choice quizzes may be used as well as discussion boards, break-out rooms, and annotation of readings in Perussal. Class participation will be expected in weekly remote discussion sections and in synchronous lectures through iClicker Cloud or polls. Assessment will be entirely remote. This course will use Canvas and Zoom. Students should have access to a camera and microphone.

Class Format:

The lectures will be delivered entirely remotely using a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous approaches, so students should be available for remote participation during class meeting times. Lecture material will also be made available asynchronously. Discussion sections will also be remote and they will be entirely synchronous.

Schedule

ANTHRBIO 167 - Evolution, Environment, and Global Health
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
26459
Open
94
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISCUSSION SECTION WILL BE AUTO-ENROLLED IN THE LECTURE.
002 (DIS)
 Online
26460
Open
6
 
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M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 Online
26461
Open
7
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
 Online
26462
Open
7
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
 Online
26463
Open
5
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
 Online
26464
Open
8
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
 Online
26465
Open
12
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
008 (DIS)
 Online
31160
Open
11
 
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M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
 Online
31161
Open
18
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
010 (DIS)
 Online
31162
Open
20
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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