Staff (24 Lectures, 10 Tutorials)
An examination of the place of the organism in evolutionary theory from the early 1900s to the present. Biology is the science of living things, and yet, paradoxically, living things – organisms – have been comprehensively left out of the Modern Synthesis theory of evolution that developed in the twentieth century. This course surveys the reasons–historical, philosophical and empirical–for the marginalization of organisms from evolutionary theory. It examines the ways in which evolutionary developmental biology attempts to restore the organisms to a central in evolutionary biology.
Prerequisite: 6 full courses, including two half-courses or one full-year course in any one or more of EEB, BIO or HPS
Recommended Preparation: JHE353H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)