This course will examine the ways in which humans manipulate—and have been manipulated by—the organisms we depend on for food. We will begin by discussing the nature of food, and the genetics, evolution, breeding and molecular engineering of domesticated plants and animals. The second part of the course concerns the biology, technology, and politics of food production and the ways in which food affects human health. Dr. Scott Poethig University of Pennsylvania View Syllabus
Anthropological Genetics The goal of this class is to engage the scope of genetics as it relates to humans; to familiarize anthropology students with the principles of human genetics, especially in those areas in which it differs from genetics of other organisms; and most importantly, to explore the ways in which genetics can be illuminated by anthropological knowledge.