Paleofantasies and Other Narratives of Human Evolution

This course provides an introduction to the field of biological anthropology by investigating both the current scientific understanding of human evolution and the stories that scientists tell in order to communicate their ideas about human evolution. Using data from the fossil record, modern human biology, and our primate relatives, students will gain familiarity with the scientific evidence for human evolution. Students will also utilize narrative analysis to explore how scientists communicate stories about human evolution in “popular science” contexts. Students will examine how those scientific narratives become part of popular culture stories about evolution by examining their influence on evolutionary iconography and trends such as the “paleo-diet.” 1 unit Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. Meets the Critical Learning: CP requirement.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: CP, Critical Perspectives: I

1 unit — Fish

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2022 Block 8 Paleofantasies and Other Narratives of Human Evolution Krista Fish Barnes Science Center 405 25 / 0 05/26/2022
Spring 2023 Block 5 Paleofantasies and Other Narratives of Human Evolution Krista Fish TBA 25 / 25 05/26/2022
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