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Laura L Newell
BIO A 269
Seattle Campus

Special Problems in Biocultural Anthropology

Explores a specific problem or set of problems in bicultural anthropology with a focus on understanding how the problem is framed and communicated using different theoretical and methodological frameworks.

Class description

The origin and evolution of dogs with emphasis on the question of why humans initiated and have maintained the unique relationship they have with dogs; basic aspects of dog biology and behavior; genetics and selection to yield the many breeds; image of the dog in various cultures past and present; the role of the dog in modern society as it affects human health and welfare.

Student learning goals

How to evaluate evidence as it relates to a basic question...such as the origin of the dog.

Be able to describe the basic features of behavior and biology that characterize a dog.

Understand the manner in which both natural and artificial selection work.

Know the recent research that presents the advantages and disadvantages offered by dogs to modern human society.

General method of instruction

Lecture, audiovisual materials, discussion groups. occasional guest speaker

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Questions requiring short written answers to be presented and discussed in class and submitted, final short paper on an assigned project, quizzes with objective questions.

A cumulative numerical ranking with assigned GP, distributed at the beginning of the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laura L Newell
Date: 03/05/2011