Spring 2022 - HSCI 324 D100
Human Population Genetics and Evolution (3)
Class Number: 5788
Delivery Method: In Person
Human variation and human health in the context of population genetics, epidemiology, demography, and human evolution.
An explanation of human origins, ancestry, diversity, adaptations, and disease risk in the context of genetic variation, evolution, demography and epidemiology. This course is designed to show how human history and health has been and can be influenced by genetic features in the context of a dynamic environment. Particular attention will be paid to how this and other forms of knowledge can tell the stories of humans and reveal the complexities of who we are.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By the end of this course it is expected that students will be prepared to
- describe the basic principles of human heredity as it relates to population genetics
- explain how different selective and stochastic forces create and shape the distribution of genetic variability in humans
- explain how evolution’s main components: variation, adaption, competition, and cooperation impact human health and disease, i.e. fitness
- apply appropriate mathematical models to evaluate the behaviour of data from population genetic studies
- summarize key elements of peer-reviewed literature in this field through written, visual and oral communication formats
- evaluate different models and forms/levels of evidence for human evolution
- Take home assignments 40%
- In-class and online quizzes 30%
- Course learning project/product 30%
Principles of Populations Genetics, 4th Ed. by Hartl and Clark
Human Evolutionary Genetics; Origins Peoples and Disease, 2nd Ed. by Jobling, Hollox, Hurles, Kivisild, Tyler-Smith
Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution: A Synthesis, by Stone and Lurquin
Primer of Population Genetics, by Hartl
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