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Joanne D Woiak
HIST 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Examines special topics in history.

Class description

"Biology, Society, and Human Diversity": explores episodes in the history of the biological and social sciences focusing on nature vs. nurture debates. Science makes authoritative claims about social issues such as gender roles, sexuality, racial differences, and disabilities. The prevalent theories and practices include intelligence testing, eugenics, pre-natal genetic testing, evolutionary psychology, and research on sex hormones, behavior, and cognitive differences. We will study these historical and contemporary examples of biological determinism, critiquing the evidence on which they are based and their political and ethical implications for social justice and diversity issues.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Response papers and short essays.


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 Joanne D Woiak
Date: 10/20/2006