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Content, background, and consequences of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Readings will include close study of the Origin of Species. Topics for the Fall seminars, depending on participants’ interests, could include Darwin’s personality and scientific style; impact of Lyell’s geology; ideas of population held by Malthus and others; pre-Darwinian thinking on species variation and classification; 19th century ideas about development and progress; views of Lamarck, Herbert Spencer, William Bateson, and August Weismann; the “modern synthesis” of the 1940’s. The spring term of the full course version consists of a research paper.


Course Information

  • Course Code: HPS4003H
  • Course Delivery: On Campus
  • Course Credits: 0.5 cc