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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2010

ANT 348K • Anthropological Genetics-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30440 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
JES A215A
BOLNICK

Course Description

This course explores the intersection of genetics and anthropology. We will cover the basic principles of molecular genetics and population genetics as relates to the study of humans and other primates. We will examine the ways in which genetics can contribute to the field of anthropology, as well as how anthropological knowledge can illuminate genetic findings. Topics to be covered include the genetic structure of human populations, race and gender issues, primate evolution and behavior, ancient DNA, gene/language/culture co-evolution, behavioral genetics, genetic testing/counseling, the Human Genome Project, identity and genetic essentialism, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genetics research.

Texts

Goodman AH, D Heath, and MS Lindee. 2003. Genetic Nature/Culture. University of California Press. Relethford, John. 2003. Reflections of Our Past. Westview Press. Course packet

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