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Darwin: Genes, Generation, Genealogy

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Joe Osmundson

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Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species produced a radical paradigm shift in thinking about the living world.  After Darwin, the origins of life were no longer miraculous or murky: life could build itself, meaning humanity no longer stood apart from the natural world or required a supernatural character.  This work remains, for some, controversial, but it is a key tenet of all contemporary biological inquiry. Over the course of some 100 years after Darwin’s initial findings, researchers discovered the molecular mechanisms that connected Mendel’s pea plants to Darwin’s finches to Watson and Crick’s double helix.  This course will consider original works by Darwin, as well as the genetic and molecular basis for evolutionary change, with a special emphasis on natural and sexual selection.  We will also consider the work from the perspective of philosophers who have used evolutionary biology to support their arguments about the organization of culture and society, and about the necessity of the divine.  Finally, we will critically examine how Darwin’s notion of selection has been use as a tool of structural violence and the link between natural selection, racism and slavery, eugenics, and modern birth control. In addition to Darwin, we will read primary research in evolutionary biology alongside related works by Karl Marx, E.O. Wilson, Dorothy Roberts, and Alondra Nelson.

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Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

We'll grant full course credit up to the start of the first class. After the first class we can offer 75% course credit; after the second 50%; and after the third 25%.

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Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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