ENVI 134 Fall 2012 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues (D)

Cross Listed as BIOL134
Intended for the non-scientist, this course explores the biological dimensions of social issues in tropical societies, and focuses on specifically on the peoples and cultures of tropical regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceanea, and the Caribbean. Tropical issues have become prominent on a global scale, and many social issues in the tropics are inextricably bound to human ecology, evolution, and physiology. The course begins with a survey of the tropical environment of humans, including major climatic and habitat features. The next section focuses on human population biology, and emphasizes demography and the role of disease particularly malaria and AIDS. The final part of the course covers the place of human societies in local and global ecosystems including the challenges of tropical food production, the importance of organic diversity, and the interaction of humans with their supporting ecological environment. This course fulfills the EDI requirement. Through lectures, debates and readings, students confront social issues in the tropics from the perspective of biologist. This builds a framework for lifelong exploration of human diversity.
Class Format: lecture/debate, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two hour exams, a short paper, panel preparation, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference given to seniors, juniors, sophomores, and first-year students-- in that order
Department Notes: does not count for major credit in Biology; does not satisfy the distribution requirement in the Biology major
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Environmental Biology Lower Level Electives,INST African Studies Electives,PHLH Science and Medicine,SCST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 60
Expected Enrollment: 60
Class Number: 1026
ENVI134-01(F) LEC Tropics: Biology&Social Issues (D) Division 3: Science and MathematicsExploring Diversity Initiative Joan Edwards
MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM Biology 112 1026
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