Spring 2023 - HSCI 324 D200
Human Population Genetics and Evolution (3)
Class Number: 8042
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9920, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 13, 2023
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
Prerequisites:BISC 202 with a minimum grade of C-.
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 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 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
- describe pioneering human migration events, migration events through time and interaction with subpopulations
- summarize key elements of peer-reviewed literature through written, visual and oral communication formats
- evaluate different models and forms of evidence important for human evolution
- Midterm 25%
- Final Exam 35%
- Quizzes 15%
- Assignments 25%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Primary literature and online videos with be delivered on Canvas.
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
Primer of Population Genetics, by Hartl
Sapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari.
Human population genetics and genomics, by Alan R. Templeton
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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