The Darwinian Revolution
General Catalog Course Title:
The Darwinian Revolution
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Spring 2014
Fall 2013
Spring 2012
Spring 2010
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Mishler, Brent

The Darwinian Revolution was one of the greatest upheavals in human thought, involving the very basis of our self-awareness: Where did we come from? What is or should be the basis for our ethics and social behavior? Where are we going? Topics to be considered include: historical antecedents of Darwin's theories; the scientific evidence for evolution and natural selection; the impact of Darwinism on religion, social theory, and ethics; later scientific developments and recent challenges by latter-day creationists. The goal is to use these interdisciplinary topics as an exemplar of scientific methods and change, and of the unsteady relationship between science and the public. In addition to attending and participating in each week's lecture/discussion, each student will be required to write a short paper (five pages maximum) due at the end of the semester.

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