Integrative Approaches to Human Biology and Society

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to concept of problem-based approaches to study of biology and society and areas of concentration, such as bioethics and public science policy, evolutionary biology, culture, and behavior, historical and social studies of life sciences, medical genetics and public health, and population genetics and history, and central thematic issues shared across concentrations, such as commercialization of life and public understanding of science. Letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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Overall Rating 4.0
Easiness 4.0/ 5
Clarity 4.3/ 5
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Helpfulness 4.3/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2021 - With the Zoom complexion of a ripe cherry tomato and the demeanor of a jolly uncle, Christopher Kelty is an excellent professor. He taught the 2nd unit of this class, The Science and Politics of Conservation and Eradication, and Professor McEvoy taught the 1st (Antibiotic Resistance). Kelty was an engaging and entertaining professor who made sure that his lectures were never dry, mixing animal porn with goat hunting strategies nicely. Fun fact; he also has a PhD from MIT. McEvoy was also a solid lecturer, although a tad less jolly. The workload of this class was pretty light overall, with 6 weekly section assignments (easy As), a "pod-based" group assignment (also an easy A), an exam for each unit, and a final paper (7 pages double-spaced). Both unit tests were pretty fair, open note open book, and could be completed within the 1.5 hours given. The Unit 1 test did feel harder than the Unit 2 test though. I suspect the Unit 2 test content and perhaps grading were made less stringent to support students because of the attacks against Asian Americans at the time, but I could be wrong. The paper wasn't too challenging and the format was pretty interesting, plus we had a good amount of freedom in choosing the topic. There's a lot of readings assigned for this class, but they're not tested directly and you can get by if you skim them. Carlie Leary was a good, no-nonsense TA who made a point of not wasting anybody's time during discussion sections. Overall, this class was a pretty easy A, especially if you're a good writer!
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