Summer 2021 - ARCH 323 D100

Special Topics in Biological Anthropology II (3)

Bioarch. & Evolutionary Medicine

Class Number: 4889

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131 or any lower division biology course.



Select topics relating to biological anthropology. Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


Evolutionary medicine is an interdisciplinary field that uses the principals of evolutionary biology to better understand the many facets of human health and disease. It also applies what we know about disease to illuminate aspects of evolutionary biology. This is a seminar course that will involve weekly discussions on topics pertaining to bioarchaeology and evolutionary medicine. It will explore the archaeological evidence of disease, how human evolution might have affected susceptibility to disease, the relationship between human health and the evolution of parasites and pathogens, and how modern medical interventions may influence human biology. Independent reading on topics will be required for each seminar.


  • Participation 15%
  • Assignments 25%
  • Scientific Poster 25%
  • Final Paper 35%



No required text. Readings will be assigned.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).