BIO A 387
How human populations respond to environmental stressors in biological-behavioral terms and the relationship of this adaptational process to health. Nutritional, climatic, and sociocultural stress and associated patterns of birth, disease, and death throughout human history in hunting, gathering, farming, pre-industrial, and industrial societies. Prerequisite: BIO A 201.
Students will receive a survey of demographic measurements reflecting health in populations and the ecological basis for health which encompasses 1) material resources of energy and nutrients for growth, development and maintenance, 2) the social networks through which these resources flow and are directed--from parental-offspring relations to those of the wider society, 3) the hormonal pathways associated with the stress of social relationships and their impact on health, and 4) the relationships between human and pathogen populations.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Background in biology or health sciences, or advanced standing as undergraduate.
Class assignments and grading
Reading assignments from selected readings(on Catalyst). Written discussion of reading assignments due four times (2 pages). Term poster project on student-selected health topic as approached from an ecological perspective.
Grade: 20% attendance, 20% papers, 20% poster, 40% exams.