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An examination of major ideas about biological evolution from the 18th century to the 1930’s and of their impact on scientific and social thought. Topics include the diversity of life and its classification, the adaptation of organisms to their environment, Wallace’s and Darwin’s views on evolution by natural selection, sexual selection, inheritance from Mendel to T.H. Morgan, eugenics, and the implications of evolution for religion, gender roles, and the organization of society.

Prerequisite: 6 full courses or equivalent
Exclusions: EEB353H1, HPS323H1, HPS353H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities and Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


Course Information

  • Course Code: JHE353H1
  • Course Credits: 0.5cc