Courses

Courses

Featured Course: Fall 2016

AN233/WS233 The Evolutionary Biology of Human Variation

What is the biology of being white? Or black? Why do some of us become obese, and why do we evolve habits that are harmful to our health? Is biological sex really a dichotomy, and how does it differ from or inform gender? If humans are all 99.9% genetically identical, why are we all so different, and where does this variation come from? In this course we will address these questions by focusing on the interface between biology and culture to gain a better understanding of the etiology, history, and biological meaning of some of our most culturally engaged identities including race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and body type. We begin be establishing a firm footing in the evolutionary biology of humans, and from there we study how history, medicine, and politics interact with our biology to make meaning in contemporary US culture. NS 4 cr. [Counts towards Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor]

Christopher Schmitt, TR 2-3:30