This course is interdisciplinary. It will utilize subject matter from a variety of academic disciplines, through the range of organization that exists within them (molecular to societal). Students will read and discuss the established principles of evolutionary medicine along with new material as it arises from the primary literature. The pedagogy of this course introduces students to how to think critically about the origin, maintenance, and approaches to curing disease in humans. This course will specifically address the following university-wide general education learning goals: 5. use analytical thinking skills to evaluate information critically; 7. apply scientific reasoning skills to model natural, physical, social, and aesthetic phenomena using multiple modes of inquiry; 8. use a wide range of disparate information and knowledge to draw inferences, test hypotheses, and make decisions; 14. understand and apply ethical reasoning principles to resolve moral, social, and professional issues; 16. understand and promote principles of wellness that include nutrition, exercise, avoidance of mind-altering chemicals, development of healthy relationships and personal growth; 17. recognize behaviors that place individuals, families and communities at risk.
This course will address a variety of more specific learning objectives. Here are examples of how some of these can be scored along Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning. Levels 1 – 6 represent more sophisticated understanding of a topic.
Dr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr.
NCATSU & UNC Greensboro, NC