HIST 364 A - The Science of Human Nature
Examines the history of scientific arguments about race, heredity, gender, and human biological difference. We will explore the historical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of biological thought through a discussion of topics including racial typology, eugenics, intelligence testing, modern genetic theory, sex and gender, and the human genome project.
Description: What makes human beings as a species different from other animals, and what makes individual humans different from one another- Over the past 200 years, questions of human nature and human difference have become a central object of scientific study. The emergence in the 19th century of organized, professional fields of biology, anthropology, and psychology saw a heightened interest in developing criteria to measure, categorize, and rank human beings according to supposedly -objective- scientific standards. This course examines the history of scientific arguments about race, gender, sexuality, intelligence, poverty, and human biological difference. We will explore the historical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of scientific thought pertaining to human nature and human beings through a discussion of topics including racial typology, eugenics, intelligence testing, and the sciences of sex and gender.
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Course Level: Undergraduate