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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Summer 2007

EUS f301 • Bad Blood

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84910 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
BEN 1.102

Course Description

During the nineteenth century, changes in science affected society. Perhaps the most famous are Darwin's theories, which planted seeds for the development of physical anthropology, Social Darwinism and scientific experimentation to determine biological traits characterizing specific groups. As a result, biological typing became a means for establishing physical "difference" within human populations -- the precursor to todays racial profiling. This course is designed to meet three objectives: to introduce students to biological typing in the nineteenth century with particular attention given to German-speaking countries; to develop critical literacy by analyzing how these developments influenced other domains; such as criminology (Lombroso), film (M), mental illness (Nordau), and gender and racial repression; and to encourage students to consider the legacy of biological typing and its implications in contemporary society. You will have the opportunity to explore a specific topic of interest related to the course content by developing a long paper and will be guided through the research process with systematic instructor and peer feedback.

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