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  Human VariationAnth 372 Spring 2018 Instructor: Dr. Sarah ReedyM/W/F 9:0!9: e ai#: sreedy$anthro.u ass.eduMach er %a##& W!2' ())ice %ours: MW 11!1 ())ice: *ho pson 2+/28,-nthropo#ogy is the science hich te##s us that peop#e are the sa e the ho#e or#d oer  ecepthen they are di))erent ! 3ancy 4an5s S ith Course Goal:  In this c#ass& e i## )ocus on hu an phenotypic ariation through an eo#utionary and 6iocu#tura# #ens. We i## discuss and ana#y7e ho our genetics and eniron ent inc#uding our cu#ture shape our herita6i#ity and ariation around the or#d. We i## coer topics such as hu an eo#utionary adaptations to arious eniron ents& race as a 6io#ogica# )a##acy& ariation in groth& aging& se& diet ;nutrition& as e## as genetic disorders. *he goa# at the end o) this course is )or you to hae a 6roadened understanding o) hu an ariation& to critica##y ana#y7e popu#ar isconceptions a6out ariation& and to  put hu an di))erences into perspectie 6y #earning )ro the past and present. Course Requirements: 10<-ttendance ; =articipation1<> short anser ?ui77es20<@ -ssign ents 2<,Di))icu#t Friday Aroup =resentation and =aper >0<Fina# =aper and =resentation  Attendance & Participation: I epect eeryone to co e to c#ass prepared& haing read the ateria# prior to c#ass ti e. Duringour discussions& you ust discuss the ateria# inte##igent#y and critica##y. -s5 thought)u# Buestions&  6ring in your ideas and opinions& and connect the readings to our c#ass #ectures. We a## hae di))erent  6ac5grounds& so our discussions hae the potentia# to 6e interesting and eaning)u#. -s part o) your  prep )or discussion& consider the )o##oing Buestions 1. %o does the ateria# re#ate to hat e are discussing in c#assC2. %o do these re#ate to your #i)eC *o societyC Who caresC>. What Buestions do these raise )or youC %o cou#d )uture researchers dee#op this oreC Quizzes: *here i## 6e three short!anser Bui77es& ta5en in c#ass& oer the course o) the se ester. ?uestions i## 6e 6ased on #ectures& discussions& and readings. Assinments :ou i## turn in three one!page riting assign ents and co p#ete one #a6 actiity )or a tota# o) )our assign ents. *he )irst riting assign ent reBuires you to )ind a pu6#ic artic#e haing to do ith a hu an ariation topic and rite a one!page su ary and critiBue a6out it. *he #a6 assign ent is  6ased on %ardy!Wein6erg EBui#i6riu and i## 6e co p#eted in c#ass. *he second riting assign ent i## 6e a one!page proposa# o) the )ina# paper option you choose and a ,rough p#an o) ho you ai to co p#ete it. *he third and )ina# paper is a re)#ection on the ,di))icu#ty o) discussing di))icu#t topics. Due dates are in the schedu#e 6e#o. !i icult #rida$ roup presentations and paper: Each Friday a group o) three students i## present and turn in a >!page paper on a ,Di))icu#t *opic haing to do ith hu an ariation. *hese topics are a#ready chosen and #isted on the net page. *his ust inc#ude a presentation and one!page o) the cu#tura# story o) this topic& a presentation and one! page o) the 6io#ogica# )acts o) this topic& and a su ation and one!page o) the rea#ity  or ho  6io#ogica# and cu#tura# )actors or5 together  or ho one side is right and the other is rong. *he conc#usion i## 6e di))erent )or each topic.  ou must include at least 3 academic% peerre'ie(ed re erences or this) *he purpose o) these is three!)o#d. *he )irst is to #earn the )acts and the yths associated ith the arious topics. *he second is to #earn ho to critica##y thin5 and inte##igent#y& thought)u##y& and respect)u##y discuss di))icu#t topics. -nd )ina##y& the third is to hae )un in a cha##enging assign ent #inal paper and presentations: In #ieu o) a )ina# ea & each o) you i## turn in an 8!10 page )ina# paper and present it to the c#ass in a ! inute presentation. ou i## pic5 one o) the )ina# paper options #isted 6e#o. ou ust use at least    di))erent acade ic re)erences& use -=- re)erencing sty#e author& date& rite in dou6#e!spaced& 12!point *i es 3e Ro an )ont& and inc#ude a 6i6#iography 6ut cite a## re)erences ithin the  paper. -## topics ust 6e chosen and discussed in c#ass March  th  to aoid topics that are too si i#ar& as e## as share ideas. *he )ina# paper i## 6e due during )ina#s ee5& date *4-& printed and handed into y ai#6o.  *ption +:  =ic5 a phenotypic trait that aries 6eteen popu#ations or sees and discuss it as an eo#utionari#y adapted trait or a spandre# one that is not adapted& 6ut si p#y eists. Ep#ain this trait& the ,ust!so story 6ehind it and the ost #i5e#y reason it persists. *ption 2:  Ghoose one o) the ,Di))icu#t Friday topics you did not present to the c#ass and ta5e it )urther. Ep#ain the 6io#ogica# )acts& the cu#tura# stories or yths& and the rea#ity o) hy the ariation occurs. *ption 3:  What is the )uture o) hu an ariation and eo#utionC What i## peop#e #oo5 #i5eC %o i## di))erent cu#ture groups or sees or genders 6e a))ected 6y )uture concerns  inc#uding  po#itica#& ar)are& edica#& and cu#tura# i pactsC Inc#ude ethics and ora# o6#igations o) the geneticists& po#iticians& and edica# pro)essiona#s in your paper *ption ,:  Greate a chi#drenHs 6oo5 a6out a hu an ariation topic. *a5e a co p#icated atter and si p#i)y it so that a chi#d cou#d understand it. *his is not an ,easy option& 6ecause you ust inc#ude rea#& )actua# in)or ation and rite a separate 2!page paper descri6ing the sources you )ound and ho they he#ped you rite the 6oo5. -tiquette I epect eeryone to 6ehae responsi6#y and respect)u##y in this c#ass. *his eans that you shou#d sho up to c#ass& eery ti e& on!ti e& and ready to #earn. When you are #ate& you distract eeryone. I i## not to#erate the use o) ce## phones& Ipads& #aptops& or any other technica# deice in this c#ass. When you are here& you shou#d participate in the actiities o) the c#ass& not draing& ta#5ing to your neigh6or& reading ateria#s unre#ated to the course& etc. My or5day ends at p on M!F& so I i## not respond to e ai#s a)ter p or on ee5ends. When you do e ai# e& p#ease type -nth >12 in the su6ect #ine& so I 5no it is )ro a student. My o))ice hours are 6y appoint ent on#y& so i) you need to eet ith e& you ust #et e 5no ahead o) ti e. =#ease isit the )o##oing site )or ore in)or ation student 6ehaior epectations: http://.u ass.edu.deanJstudents/codeo)conduct/c#assroo cii#ity/ .ate /or0: Gourse ateria# cannot 6e ade up and #ate assign ents i## not 6e ta5en un#ess there is an ecused a6sence. Ecused a6sences inc#ude i##nesses ith a doctorKs note& death o) a #oed one& or those that are pre!discussed and ecused 6y e. I i## not aier on this Academic Honest$: I strong#y encourage you to ta#5 to each other and he#p each other& 6ut a## assign ents ust 6e co p#eted 6y you and you alone . I) I )ind that p#agiaris ta5ing so eone e#seKs ords and passing the o)) as your on or cheating has occurred& then it i## resu#t in you )ai#ing the c#ass. I inite eeryone to read the LniersityKs guide#ines on acade ic dishonesty 6e#o. http:11(((umassedu1deanstudents1codeo conduct1acadhonest$14A  !i icult #rida$ 5opics: ou i## pic5 a#ong ith to other students one topic to present and rite a6out on the day it is assigned. 1. -re en innate#y 6etter at ath and science than o enC2. Gan odern genetic tests #i5e ,2> and Me& gie a c#ear picture o) your ancestry or are they a  6ri##iant ar5eting sche e ith statistica#& and ay6e een ethica#& errorsC>. Indigenous - ericans and o6esity& dia6etes& and a#coho#is : Aenetic or eniron enta#C@. Ethnic di))erences in response to phar aceutica#s: Shou#d physicians pay attention to race hen  prescri6ing edicationC Shou#d edicines 6e targeted at speci)ic groupsC. Is eye shape adapted to eniron enta# conditions or is it a spandre#C+. Diet: Do hu ans hae a natura#& eo#ed diet or is it 6ased pure#y on cu#tura# ru#esC'. -th#eticis : -re certain ethnic groups natura##y 6etter adapted )or speci)ic sportsC-t this point DFs i## 6e one day ahead o) the corresponding topic in c#ass. 8. -re hu ans natura##y aggressie due to an eo#ed desire to 6e greedy and se#)ishC -nd ore speci)ica##y& are en ore aggressie than o en due to an eo#ed desire to proide and protectC 9. Do en ant se and o en ant re#ationships: -re hu an socia# structures i.e. onoga y&  po#ygyny& po#yandry& etc.. 6ased on eo#utionary adaptations or cu#tura# ru#esC 10. Did non!6inary gender identity and seua# orientation hich are to separate things eo#e as a socia# eans o) popu#ation contro#C

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