Genes, Environment & Behavior

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Genes, Env. & Behavior

Spring 2021

Taught By: Katayoun Chamany

Section: A

CRN: 2915

Credits: 4

This course challenges the normative assumptions made about our genetic make up and emphasizes the role of the environment by exploring the field of epigenetics using a social justice framework and critical pedagogy. Course sessions and assignments: 1) Trace the experiments that led to the discovery of genes and their inheritance patterns; 2) Review molecular analyses to understand the functional products of genes; 3) Reveal how the acquisition and accumulation of mutations and “gene flow” via horizontal and vertical (sex) transmission lead to genetic diversity, and; 4) Examine how behavioral and physical diversity can be influenced by the natural, built, and social environment. Course resources include texts, videos, recorded slide sets, and animations depicting molecular DNA techniques and processes specific to biology. Assignments include essays, genetics problems, and take-home exams. Asynchronous portions of the course will comprise 25% of the course and be centered around active learning with case studies. Serves as a prerequisite for some intermediate level interdisciplinary science courses. Required for the Interdisciplinary Science Major, satisfies the foundation requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science Minor, satisfies the elective Gender Studies Minor, Civic Engagement Minor, and the "subject by subject" course requirement for Journalism + Design Major. This course is offered every spring.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (LSTS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021