LB492 S15  (Sec. 008)
Senior Seminar: Evolutionary Medicine

COURSE SYLLABUS
(version 1/5/15)

INSTRUCTOR   

Dr. Jim Smith    

West 26C Holmes Hall  

353-3939 

jimsmith@msu.edu

Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm; plus other times arranged 

COURSE GOALS

1. Gain exposure to, and become conversant in several aspects of, the field of evolutionary medicine by reading, thinking, written reflection, and discussing ideas with others.

2. Lead a class discussion with a classmate based on an aspect of evolutionary medicine.

3. Become expert in one aspect of evolutionary medicine by posing a problem, solving the problem by carrying out literature research, and writing up your results in the form of a researched essay.

CLASS MEETINGS

4:10 pm - 6:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays, W-40 Holmes Hall

Refer to the Class Meeting Schedule for details.

REQUIRED TEXTS

1. Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine (available from Amazon.com for $10.88 (new))

Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
Randolph M. Nesse, George C. Williams
ISBN-10: 0679746749
Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (January 30, 1996)
Paperback: 304 pages

2. Principles of Evolutionary Medicine (available from Amazon.com for $45.88 (new))

Principles of Evolutionary Medicine
Peter Gluckman, Alan Beedle, Mark Hanson
ISBN-10: 0199236399
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (September 14, 2009)
Paperback: 320 pages

These two books will be used more as reference texts than as source texts that direct our studies. The bulk of our reading will come from primary literature sources.

READING LIST

The Reading List contains a list of readings for our discussions in class. This list will evolve as we make decisions about what areas we would like to explore in our class sessions.

LEADING A GROUP DISCUSSION

Each student will work as a part of a t eam of two students to orient the class to the readings for the day and to initiate the class discussion.

FINAL PROJECT

For your Final Project, you will develop, produce and present an original project as a capstone to your senior seminar experience. You have wide latitude in choosing a research topic, but you must address some aspect of Evolutionary Medicine. Details will be announced early in the term.

EVALUATION OF STUDENT WORK

What will your course grade be based on?

Leading a Group Discussion

50 points

Short Paper (What is Evolutionary Medicine?)

50 points

Final Project (Topic of your choice)

100 points

In Class Exercises/ Participation/Attendance

150 points

Grand Total

350 points

 

GRADING

Q. Is there a "curve"?

A. No. The course is graded on a straight scale.

Total Points

Course Grade

315 - 350 points (> 90%)

4.0

297 - 314 points (85 - 89.9%)

3.5

280 - 296 points (80 - 84.9%)

3.0

262 - 279 points (75 - 75.9%)

2.5

245 - 261 points (70 - 74.9%)

2.0

227 - 244 points (65 - 69.9%)

1.5

210 - 226 points (60 - 64.9%)

1.0

0 - 209 points (< 60%)

0.0

 


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