Section Information for Spring 2017
Explores the history of evolutionary thought from the pre-enlightenment era to contemporary time. Discusses the originality of Darwin, the demise of Darwinian evolution at the early 20th Century, and triumphant resurrection of Darwinian evolution following the New Synthesis in Evolutionary Biology. Discusses modern approaches to understanding evolution including the forces of evolution, population genetics, life history theory, phylogenetic, adaptation, plasticity, and functional adaptation, and evolutionary constraint. Examples are drawn across the spectra of organic life.
Considers evolution as a biological as well as cultural concept. Parallels and contrasts among conceptual approaches allow a critique of the potential of evolution as a unifying biosocial theory.