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THE BIOLOGY OF HUMAN VARIABILITY THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
 

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THE BIOLOGY OF HUMAN VARIABILITY
ANTH 496
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Spring 2011
Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Auerbach
Contact information: Office: 229 South Stadium Hall
Office hours: Wednesdays, 1 3 P.M. (or by appointment)
E-mail: auerbach@utk.edu
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:40 P.M. 4:55 P.M.)
Location: 517 South Stadium Hall
Course description:
The systematic quantification and understanding of causes that have led to observed human biological
variation have been topics of modern scientific research for at least two centuries. In this time, a plethora of
hypotheses have been proposed, tying myriad disciplines together, including anatomy, evolution,
archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, geography, and molecular biology. Ideas
generated by these and other fields of study have strongly influenced society, leading to sociopolitical and
medical policies, which, in some extreme cases, have in turn dictated social engineering.
This course presents an overview of the biology of human variation. The first half of the course surveys the
history of research into human biology, starting with discussions of thought before Darwin through to

  

Source: Auerbach, Benjamin M. - Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine