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Spring 2013-2014
ANT 431 (EC)   na, npdf

Biomedical Anthropology

Alan E. Mann

An examination of the interactions of evolution, biology and culture in human health and sickness. The course will emphasize the influence of pathogens and other environmental selective agents in the evolution of human biology and behavior. The action of cultural factors in the spread and containment of disease and other abnormal conditions will also be integrated. Each class session will include an initial lecture followed by seminar discussions of that week's readings. Discussions will focus on the patterns of health and disease over time and in a cross-cultural perspective.

Sample reading list:
Stearns, Stephen, ed., Evolution in Health and Disease.
Fabrega, H., Evolution of Sickness and Healing.
Brown, P. ed., Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology.
Lappe, M., Evolutionary Medicine.
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: approximately 150-200 pages per week, drawn from the books listed above and from an extensive list of research articles which will be available on Blackboard. Writing: course paper of 15-20 pages, exploring some aspect of biomedical anthropology. Topic must be approved by instructor.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
In-class discussions will focus on the readings and lecture material.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43582 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   215   Enrolled:22 Limit:28