This class is about the nature and experience of human differences. One of the most fundamental characteristics of biological organisms is that individuals differ from one another in a variety of ways. Recognition of the nature and importance of those differences was one of the key insights Charles Darwin provided in his ―Origin of Species‖, and understanding variation is essential to understanding the evolutionary history of life on the planet. In humans, variation in certain physical characteristics has been the basis for creating the classifications historically called ―races‖; those racial divisions have also been associated with a wide array of inequities and injustices, from the distribution of wealth and opportunities to genocide.
Dr. David Boose