Living within the Bio-Logical (FYS)|
Fall 2021 not offered
How do biology and society relate to each other? This first-year seminar provides an introductory overview of how the biosciences have been entangled in social contexts, from the Enlightenment to the current technoscience era. We will examine contemporary case studies where society impacts biology and biology impacts society, particularly those that show the complex interplay between the body and the environment. We will look at how rates of obesity relate to inequality and insecurity, consider the impact of toxins on the body and environment, and discuss emergent research that challenges longstanding beliefs about medical science. This anthropologically informed course provides ethnographic accounts that give crosscultural context to the questions posed. Throughout the course, students will learn to discuss the interrelation of the biological with the social, political, and economic, and we will critically reflect on the influence of politics and economics on human biological agency.
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Assignments: This is a writing intensive FYS course in the social sciences. Students will write both short and long essays based on course material and independent literature review. Students are expected to take part in class discussions and in-class activities, including writing assignments, peer review, films, and group work. Students will also be introduced to campus resources.
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