History of Evolution and Society
History of Evolution and Society. This course explores the power of origins stories in explaining and empowering societies. It contrasts religious creation stories with the scientific narratives that emerged in the past two centuries. Often seen as opposing narratives, these two styles of origin stories share much in common, and certainly the passion that surrounds them and their teaching owes much to the roles that origins stories have long played in societies. The course will review the history of evolutionary thought, as well as twentieth century developments in genetics, eugenics, and scientific analyses of human diversity. One course.
CCI, CZ, SS, STS, W