ANTHRBIO 361 - Biology, Society, and Culture
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, RE
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
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

This course will provide an anthropological perspective on the intersection between human biology and society, past and present. Through lectures and discussions, we will focus on three areas:

  1. what we can infer about the evolution of human social systems and culture from studies of extant primates and modern hunter-gatherers,
  2. what we know about human variation from studies of human genetics and ancient DNA, and
  3. the limits and pitfalls of attempts to make normative descriptions of human social systems and variation from biology.

The latter section will touch on subjects including biological vs social conceptions of race, the misapplication of evolutionary arguments in biology and psychology, and the connection of these misuses to the eugenics movement in the United States and elsewhere. Carrying through this course will be a critique of adaptationism and the inherent limitations of trying to build a just society from first scientific principles.

Schedule

ANTHRBIO 361 - Biology, Society, and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
38125
Open
7
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
38126
Closed
0
 
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M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
38127
Open
2
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
38128
Open
5
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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