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Laura L Newell
BIO A 469
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Biocultural Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or a more general area in biocultural anthropology. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

HUMAN/PRIMATE INTERFACE: Implications for Global Health and Primate Conservation A growing literature suggests that cross-species transmission of infectious agents occurs between humans and several nonhuman primate species in a variety of contexts and in diverse geographic areas. Indeed, wherever humans and primates come into contact, the potential for cross-species transmission exists. Whether cross-species transmission occurs depends on a number of factors, including the prevalence of infectious agents present in the human and primate reservoirs, the contexts of interspecies contact, and the frequency and type of contact that occurs. This course is a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the interrelationship of human and primate populations. We will delve into the challenges of mitigating the impact of primate-borne infectious diseases on public health as well as conserving free-ranging primate populations in the 21st century.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a seminar course with brief introductory lectures by the instructors followed by group discussion of the week's readings. Primary literature, drawn from the fields of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Anthropology, Epidemiology, Veterinary and Human Medicine will be assigned.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a background in at least one of the following: primates, biology, epidemiology. This is an upper-level course, Freshmen and Sophomores may not register for this course without consulting the instructors.

Class assignments and grading

There will be eight weekly topics covered during the quarter. For each topic two to three discussion questions will be assigned. Each student is expected to come to class fully prepared to discuss the discussion questions.

Individual Student’s Oral Presentation and Paper Each student will choose one of the eight topics covered to give an oral presentation on the week of the topic chosen, and submit a written final paper.

Oral Presentation: The topics covered in this course are complex and multifaceted; it is expected that the student will focus intensely on one aspect of the week’s topic for the oral presentation. Each student will be expected to have completed additional independent reading associated with the topic. At least 1 week in advance of the presentation the student must select and submit to the instructor(s) one additional reading related to that week’s topic. The reading will be distributed to the class. By Monday of the week of the presentation, the student must submit an outline of the presentation to the instructor(s).

Paper: The student's final paper will be an expansion of the oral presentation. The paper shall be double-spaced (7-10 pages excluding title page, figures and tables and references). The final paper is due June 7, 2007 by 5pm. No late papers will be accepted.

Students will be graded on class participation (10 points/class; 100 points total), an oral presentation (50 points) and a final paper (75 points).


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 Ricky Aguilar
Date: 02/20/2007